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Planning Amnesty Ends Next Spring

Posted by Pete Winter on October 28, 2015
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Homeowners should take advantage of the relaxed regulations and rules on constructing an extension without a planning authorization.

Boosting a value of a house by means of building an extension could turn out to be more complicated next year. Rules that are currently in position permit home extensions up to a definite size to be done without filing for planning permission.

On the other hand, the amnesty is due to finish next spring, and with the result of the general election still uncertain there is no assurance that it will be further extended.

A loft conversion, a rear extension, and adding a conservatory are under the scope of Permitted Development rules. Whichever work undertaken should still be within a prearranged framework; which has policies on things like materials and size, but it’s a lot easier than applying for a planning permission.

As long as it is done properly, extending a property should almost always add worth and value. Particularly in London, a lot of buyers are planning to move into houses which already have everything they need and an additional space for relaxing or entertaining can drastically increase the beauty of a property to prospective buyers.

So in order to take advantage of the currently existing rules, and construct in the easier months; homeowners must start planning an extension now, or be potentially caught up in a troublesome preparation and planning case as time passes.