Planning approvals – 10 year high

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Planning approvals – 10 year high

by on Tuesday 14 October, 2014 in Industry News


Recent figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government have shown planning approvals at a 10-year high, with local authorities granting 350,200 permissions in the year to June 2014 – 2% higher than in the previous year.

The published figures also show that the Government’s efforts to reform the planning system and reduce red tape are having an effect. Since last year, new permitted development rights have given people more power to extend their homes without having to apply for planning permission.

In the three months to June 2014, councils across the country received 7,700 applications for home extensions – 6,500 of which got the go-ahead without needing to go through the whole planning process.

The figures also show how permitted development measures to enable redundant office buildings to be turned into new homes are also being taken up, with 1,100 applications received by councils in the last quarter and 900 approved during the same period.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“The figures show how thousands of homeowners are now able to make improvements to their properties without having to negotiate excessive red tape and bureaucracy. On top of this, offices that once stood empty have been transformed to help deliver much-needed new homes for communities while maintaining green belt protections.

All this is part of our wider planning reforms, which have helped put power back in the hands of councils and communities to have a real say over how their area is developed – meaning planning approvals are now at a 10-year high.”

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