The Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid, has recently announced plans to allow greater flexibility to extend properties in inner cities. The aim of the plans is to protect valuable open spaces and gardens, as well as help growing families in cities by allowing properties to be extended upwards under permitted development. These permitted development rights would apply to existing houses and flats, as well as shops and offices.
These plans were first suggested in 2016, through a joint consultation between the Government and the Mayor of London to look at alternative ways to deliver new homes, with support being given through the consultation for the upwards building approach.
Details at this stage remain vague but are likely to apply to cities such as London and Manchester and allow for up to 2 additional levels to be built on a property, provided that it is in keeping with the roofline of other buildings in the area. The Government are keen to emphasise that any new developments must be in keeping with the character of the area and preserve Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas.
The Government intend to publish further details on these proposals in the revised draft National Planning Policy Framework, which is likely to be out for consultation in early 2018.
For further information or advice on planning matters, please contact Matthew Taylor, Associate Director in Aitchison Raffety’s Planning Division on 01604 880163 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org