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Planning rules to be slackened over extensions

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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Planning restrictions on home and business extensions are to be eased by the Government as part of a package of measures to help kick-start the economy, David Cameron and Nick Clegg will announce today.

The coalition wants to make it easier for tens of thousands of families and companies to expand their properties, giving a much-needed boost to economic activity.

Another 16,500 first-time buyers are also to receive help getting on the housing ladder under an extension of the FirstBuy scheme.

Would-be homeowners without a deposit are given an equity loan of up to 20 per cent of the purchase price.

Homeowners and businesses will, for a limited time, be able to build much bigger extensions without planning permission than at present.

The new Permitted Development Rights will make it easier to install conservatories and loft extensions without going through weeks of planning bureaucracy.

Full planning permission – required for extensions of more than a few metres from the rear wall of any home – will only now be needed for those beyond six or eight metres.

Businesses will be able to expand shops by 100 square metres and industrial units by 200 square metres.

Shops and offices will be allowed to develop up to the boundary of the premises.

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