25th April 2013

Government to revisit house extension rights change

The Government has announced it is revising its proposals to grant permitted development rights for larger house extensions for a period of three years.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles made the announcement in the Commons when MPs debated Lords amendments to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

During the debate the minister told MPs: “I can announce that in the spirit of consensus we will introduce a revised approach to the contentious question of permitted development rights for home extensions when the Bill returns to the Lords.

“If we cannot persuade the other House, the issue will return to the Commons next week so that Hon Members can debate and vote further.

“Given the discussions I have had with colleagues who have concerns, I believe that the problem is eminently bridgeable. I would like the opportunity to build that bridge.”

His comments came before the Commons voted to reject a Lords amendment which would have allowed councils to opt out of the new regime, a move opposed by Coalition ministers.

Earlier Planning Minister Nick Boles had insisted that the proposed reforms “should make it quicker, easier and cheaper for up to 40,000 families a year wishing to build small-scale, single-storey extensions and conservatories.”

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