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Government Plans to Relax Planning Permission Laws – What Will it Mean?

Posted on by Geobond

As you may have heard on the news lately the Government have plans to relax planning laws here in the UK, it has been passed back and forth among Government parties and departments but it seems talks are going to continue and Government is still consulting over it. But what exactly is it and what will it mean for you?

The Department of Communities and Local Government (the DCLG) has launches a consultation on the proposals of these new plans.

The Plan?

The plan is to begin a three year period in which home owners up and down the country will have the opportunity to build single storey extensions on their houses of up to 8 metres in depth without the need to obtain planning permission.

The new proposal will also extend the size limit currently permitted for extensions to shops, offices and professional and financial services establishments from 50 square metres to 100 square metres, again for a three year period.


It’s hoped that the proposal will make it quicker, easier and even cheaper for people to build small, single-storey extensions without planning permission but whilst still respecting the neighbours wishes and privacy.

What Effect Will it Have?

It’s estimated that these plans will benefit up to 40,000 families each year and at the same time bring in much needed extra work for construction businesses. Families and home owners will have the opportunity to make home improvements without the hassle and the cost of gaining planning permission.

If you’re looking into extending your home or you’re planning a building project then make sure Geobond are your first port of call. We’re a highly experienced team specialising in mini piling in London, for more information get in touch with us today and find out how we can help you.