Conservatories took centre stage in UK news yesterday, thanks to proposals by the government that could see a relaxation of some of the land’s planning laws for a fixed period of three years. Of course, the subjects of conservatories and planning are very close to our hearts. With this in mind, we thought we’d talk you through the potential changes…
Under new proposals put to MPs in a written statement by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, homeowners would be able to make extensions to their property without seeking planning permission, provided that the extensions were not longer than eight metres. As the rules currently stand, planning permission needs to be sought if an extension of more than three metres is proposed. Rules would not be relaxed in conservation areas and the restriction that an extension should cover no more than 50 per cent of a property’s garden would still apply.
If accepted, the government hope these proposals could stimulate growth in the economy by encouraging people previously put off by the cost and time of seeking planning permission to commission building works on their property that would in turn raise their home’s worth.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “We want to make it easier for families to undertake home improvements, such as building a new conservatory.
“So we will be seeking to simplify and increase permitted development rights for households. Cutting back municipal red tape in this way should provide a particular boost to small traders and builders.”
Here at Anglian, we take care of required planning permission requests on behalf of our customers, so a relaxation in the laws would mean we’d need to submit far less applications when working on conservatories, orangeries, panoramic extensions and garages. In fact, based on the initial proposals, we’ve done the sums and think the changes would impact on around a third of our customer’s projects, which we’d then be able to start and complete far more quickly as a result.
We recognise the importance of following planning regulations and have a long-established relationship with the government’s online planning and building resource, the Planning Portal. When the portal was created in 2005 we worked alongside the government in the initial set up stages. So, it’s really exciting to hear about potential changes that could make a difference for us and our customers.
We’ll be following the one month-long consultation on these plans very closely and will update you here in the blog when and if the proposals come into force.