5 Key Questions as Michael Gove is Appointed Housing Secretary

Michael Gove is the new housing secretary
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Housing secretary Robert Jenrick was sacked in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday and replaced by Michael Gove, a curiously timed decision ahead of the arrival of several new housing policy announcements. Consequently, a slew of uncertainties exist pertaining to developments which could affect self builders, renovators and extenders. 

Mr Jenrick, the MP for Newark, was appointed housing secretary in 2019 and oversaw some major policy changes during his tenure. These included an extension of Permitted Development (PD) rights to permit two-storey upwards extensions on homes, and the publication of the planning white paper last summer. He also introduced new rights for all new homes delivered through PD to meet minimum space standards.

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.