Holiday homes to need planning permission — what you need to know

View of the Old Town of Hastings and the coast
Towns such as this one in Hastings could be affected by the new proposals for planning permission for holiday homes (Image credit: Getty Images)

The UK government has proposed a new law that would require property owners to obtain planning consent before renting out their homes or apartments as holiday lets.

The move is aimed at addressing the shortage of affordable housing in popular tourist destinations and protect communities from the negative impacts of tourism.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

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.