clg-logoDespite the best intentions of the House of Lords it seems the the Government is intent on relaxing further control on planning. This time it is the proposal that extensions of up to eight metres on single story detached dwellings will not require planning permission.

As with the notorious Clause 8 of the G&I Bill, this relaxation is to be allowed for a temporary period of three years. The Lords had proposed (and approved) an amendment which would have allowed individual local authorities to opt-out of this provision. The government has indicated it will seek to remove the amendment.

Yet another plank of development control sacrificed to the government’s increasing desperate attempts to stimulate growth. Planning Portal announcement