Relaxation of planning laws on garden extension

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2013
Reference: 
2013/0688
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It has been recently reported that the Government are watering down their earlier plans to allow homeowners to build much larger garden extensions and conservatories without the need for planning permission. Do you agree with me that this legislation should be dropped altogether?

Answer

Answer for Relaxation of planning laws on garden extension

Answer for Relaxation of planning laws on garden extension

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Until I know what Government intends to do on this matter it is not appropriate to depart from the position I have outlined in responses to earlier questions on it.

This position is that while supporting the principle of encouraging the construction sector to contribute more to recovery from the recession, I am not convinced that the economic benefits of Government's proposals to extend permitted development rights for rear extensions outweigh their impact on local amenity, including the potential loss of garden land or their potential effects on neighbours. I have made strong representations to Government to this effect.