In the news today…
The government is due to announce a temporary increase in the maximum depth of extensions that can be built under permitted development rules.
From next month, the maximum depth of rear, single-storey extensions will double from the current three metres for semi-detached homes four metres for detached homes to six and eight metres respectively. This in an attempt to cut red-tape and stimulate both the construction industry and wider economy. It will be a temporary increase, reverting to the original rules sometime in 2015.
I’m not sure that planning permission is what is stopping people from building extensions – perhaps lack of money is a more overwhelming factor… But this may well be the green-light that home-owners need to get building.
If you enjoyed that post, then read these…
PassivHaus state of play October 2010
There’s a nice summary of the current state of PassivHaus building in the UK on The Ecologist website.
I’m carrying out some work on the site at the moment – so any oddities, errors or omissions are probably due to that.
The national planning policy framework
I’ve spoken about the National Planning Policy Framework in a couple of posts of late.