Planning relaxation

As part of the reforms, shops will also be able to change to office space without a full planning application.

Responding to the announcement, Cllr Martin Tett, LGA Planning Spokesman, said: “Permitted development rules are taking away the ability of local communities to shape the area they live in and ensure homes are built to high standards with the necessary infrastructure in place. They have resulted in the potential loss of thousands of desperately-needed affordable homes.

“While we recognise building extensions under permitted development have been popular with homeowners, the planning process exists for a reason.”

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