Government announces changes to planning laws

On 30 June the Prime Minister announced proposed changes to the planning laws designed to make it easier to build new homes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-build-build-build

There are some controversial aspects to it:

  • Changes to planning regulations to “reduce red tape” should make it easier for housebuilders, but could potentially lead to lower quality housing being built.
  • Many felt there should have been a requirement for “net zero carbon” new developments, especially given the Government’s international carbon emissions commitments (and their own legislation) – this might be addressed by future regulations.
  • There is a new “Permitted Development right” for owners of detached blocks of flats to add up to two extra floors, without needing full planning permission. This can impact leaseholders by increasing the building value and making it harder to buy out the freehold (let alone the disruption caused by an owner actually adding two extra floors).

An explanation of permitted development rights will need to wait for a different post.

For those interested, here is a link to the draft legislation:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/632/pdfs/uksi_20200632_en.pdf

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