Extending permitted development rights for homeowners and businesses: technical consultation

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. for Communities and Local Government
Dept. for Communities and Local Government
Date of publication
1 November 2012
Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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Under the current system, homeowners wishing to extend their home more than a few metres from the property’s rear wall have to fill in complicated application forms that can take eight weeks or longer for the council to consider. The large majority of homeowner applications are uncontroversial: around 200,000 are submitted each year, and almost 90 percent are approved, in almost all cases at officer level. The application process adds costs and delays, and in many cases adds little value. The government proposes to make it quick, easier and cheaper to build small-scale single-storey extensions and conservatories, while respecting the amenity of neighbours. 

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