Planning Laws Relaxation – Good or Bad

The government has made a move, which hopefully will boost the economics.  Today a temporary relaxation of planning laws has been announced.

The home-owners will now be able to construct extensions into their gardens (up-to-8m-long), without being necessary to go through the whole procedure of acquiring a planning permission from their local council. This relaxation will be valid for until the next year. This relaxation will be valid for business as well, because the government is determined to apply all necessary methods in order to give the economy a push.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This government means business in delivering plans to help people build new homes and kick-start the economy.

“We’re determined to cut through the bureaucracy that holds us back. That starts with getting the planners off our backs, getting behind the businesses that have the ambition to expand and meeting the aspirations of families that want to buy or improve a home.”

However on the other hand the Local Government Association has questioned the idea that planning laws are holding back development. Accordiing to the Association the planning laws do not cost that much time and are not a significant obstacle, when it comes to building, as the records show there are about 400,000 prospective homes, which have not yet been built.

The relaxation of the planning laws allow extension of  up to 8m for detached houses and 6m for the rest. Businesses are given the right to extend shops by 100 square meters and industrial units by 200 square meters.

Labour opposed the government`s plans and attacked it by saying
“With our economy in a double-dip recession and a serious housing crisis, the Government are kidding themselves if they think these announcements are up to the scale of the challenge.
“The fundamental problem is not the planning system or Section 106 agreements for much needed affordable housing, it is the lack of confidence and demand in the economy, slashed public investment and the Government’s failing economic plan.” (Rachel Reeves)

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