Councils using Article 4 to block bungalow extensions ‘to protect the elderly’

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Article 4 legislation has been introduced by two councils to block the single-storey extensions of bungalows to preserve them for their elderly population (Image credit: David Barbour)

Article 4 restrictions have been placed on extending bungalows in an effort to safeguard housing options for the elderly.

Although the government introduced new rules in August 2020 that permit homeowners to vertically expand single-story properties without requiring planning permission, certain councils such as Epping Forest and Hertsmere Borough have introduced protective measures to prevent such extensions. 

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.