Under new government proposals, homeowners will be allowed to extend their garages without asking their local councils for permission. This would also allow shops and professional services to extend their facilities without first seeking the permission of their local authority. Some councils have expressed concern over this suggesting that it could lead to an increase in disputes.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Ravi Govindia, the leader of Wandsworth council, said: ‘In many cases a six to eight-metre home extension would have a serious impact on neighbouring properties and should not be permitted. We’re also concerned that loosening planning rules on offices, shops and industrial units could result in unsightly developments which seriously blight adjacent buildings’.
Prime Minister David Cameron also announced plans yesterday to give communities less time to appeal against unpopular planning decisions
The Government is also keen to give shops and other professional firms the right to add up to 100 square metres of extra floor space without seeking permission. However, these businesses would need to be in ‘non-protected areas’. Ministers have said the relaxation of the planning rules would not apply in areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks and world heritage sites.
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