Planning Permission Controversy

New regulations governing planning permission for home improvements such as conservatories and loft extensions are to be introduced by the government. They differ from the existing rules in that they are less stringent, allowing homeowners more freedom when designing and building their home additions. Previously, planning permission had to be sought if a structure protruded more than 4 metres from the rear wall, this has now been changed to 8 metres. Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman of the Local Government Association [LGA], believes that this is a positive move which will confirm that local authorities are agreeable to development. There has been some contention over this, with accusations that local authorities were using the planning permission system to create barriers. The LGA state that prevention of new builds is the fault of finances rather than planning permission.

Critics however have reservations about the relaxed rules, and are concerned that they will undermine the new Green Deal, designed to improve energy efficiency within the home.

In a statement on this issue, James Croucher of DLP Consulting stated that “The existence of the Green Deal meant ‘consequential improvements’ could be introduced without triggering direct up-front costs to homeowners. Overall, quite a clever package. Together the two had the potential to be a genuinely game-changing move to make energy efficiency happen. However, the current government’s over reaction to the press reaction potentially leaves the Green Deal in tatters.”

Home improvements such as double glazing are a great way to increase the energy efficiency of your home. This not only saves you money by limiting the transference of heat from inside to outside saving on fuel costs, but lowers your homes carbon footprint. It is important to find a reliable double glazing company who will give you the best advise and service like specialist Rehau installers Trade Window Services Ltd.

FENSA registered Trade Window Services Ltd, are manufacturers and installers of high quality windows, doors, multi fold doors, conservatories and aluminium double glazing in the Southend, Basildon, Wickford, Rayleigh and Chelmsford areas of Essex. Our products comply with the British Fenestration Ratings Council and Energy Saving Trust standards. For information about any aspect of our range of services call 01702 557137.

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