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New home extension rules to boost the economy…really?

The coalition’s announcement that rules on residential extensions are to be relaxed to ‘boost the economy’ and ‘revitalise the housing industry’ have been met with widespread concern and incredulity. Ministers have said that homeowners will soon be able to extend their properties by up to 8 metres (for detached dwellings) without the need for planning permission, doubling the current allowance. How on earth will allowing homeowners to extend their houses by a whopping 8m have any impact on the housing industry? If the Government thought about this for any length of time they may realise that by allowing such massive additions without any form of planning control, homeowners will be able to massively increase the size of their property for a fraction of the cost of [...]

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