New permitted development rights overhaul may make it easier to add extensions, report suggests

Modern extension built onto the side of a listed period property.
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New permitted development rights could be introduced to make it easier to add an extension or extra floor to a property, according to reports. Critics have already pointed out that the change could pit "neighbour against neighbour".

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is looking to scrap planning rules that require homeowners to complete lengthy applications and wait long times for approval, a report suggests in The Times.

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.