Javid to announce new right to add two storeys to homes

City AM

The government has said it will loosen planning rules in a bid to ease the housing crisis, with homeowners being given permission to build upwards.

“The answer to building new homes isn’t always an empty plot, or developing on a derelict site,” said housing secretary Sajid Javid.

“We need to be more creative and make more effective use of the space we already have available.”

The plans are part of the government’s efforts to tackling the housing crisis and are part of its housing white paper published last year.

The proposal would make it easier to build upwards with homes, shops and flats being extended by up to two extra storeys, as long as it is in keeping with the surrounding area.

Javid added that the move would “encourage developers to be more innovative and look at opportunities to build upwards where possible when delivering the homes the country needs”.

Daily Mail

Under the proposals, to apply in built-up inner-city areas in England, property owners would still need planning permission. But planning guidance to local councils would be relaxed – meaning town halls would be under pressure to allow extensions to go ahead.

Former Planning Minister Nick Boles said last night: ‘This will be a powerful incentive to growing families who want more space but do not want to spend money on stamp duty and the costs of moving.’

But he added: ‘It’s a step in the right direction but ultimately, it’s a lot less effective than giving them permitted development.’


One thought on “Javid to announce new right to add two storeys to homes

  1. Making this sort of work PD, as that cowboy Nick Boles is lobbying for, invites all manner of building disasters to occur, especially in older properties, with inadequate foundations.
    I am well aware of the continued need for building reg applications, but how many developments are occurring under PD now, without any reference to the notification process, letalone building regs?
    Densely populated cities are going to be blighted even more, by all manner of cowboy building activity, if this is allowed to go forward.
    The other negative of course is the potential pricing out of what is currently the smaller affordable dwellings, already.on the edge of affordable for many first time buyers. Everybody who does this will seek to recover the cost plus a profit for their efforts. This of curse will then see stamp duty kick back in, cancelling that benefit out also.
    Still trying to save the outdated concept of the green belt at all costs, no matter what.

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