From This is Money:
Housing minister Caroline Flint said she was axing red tape to help families who cannot afford a bigger house or get a mortgage for one.
The changes will increase the maximum size for building projects that do not require planning permission, which can cost up to £1,000 to acquire. Miss Flint predicted the overhaul will remove around 80,000 planning applications – a quarter of the total – from the system, saving £40million.
From next month extensions of up to two storeys can be built without planning permission as long as they extend no more than ten feet from the back of a property.
Loft conversions will also be allowed without planning consent, as long as they extend no more than 8in from the eaves of a property and are no more than 50 cubic metres in size – roughly equivalent to a room 18ft by 12ft.
But critics warned of an xtensions ‘free for all’ fuelling neighbour disputes, as next month’s new regulations will make it harder to object to extensions that overloo…