Chancellor George Osborne is to announce plans today for major adjustments to the planning system to allow more homes to be built across England and Wales. The proposals, part of the Fixing the Foundations report which is being billed as the second part of the Budget, include:
- further changes to Permitted Development Rights to allow those living in London to extend their homes upwards to the same height as neighbouring houses;
- automatic approval of planning applications for new homes on Brownfield sites;
- power to allow the Government to intervene when Local Plans are insufficient;
- heavier fines for local authorities failing to meet the 8-week planning decision target.