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New laws to extend homes upwards and revitalise town centres

By July 21, 2020National News

New laws laid in Parliament on 21st July should deliver much-needed new homes and revitalise town centres across England, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced. 

The new rules, which will come into effect by September, will mean full planning applications will not be required to demolish and rebuild unused buildings as homes and commercial and retail properties can be quickly repurposed to help revive our high streets and town centres. 

Homeowners will also be able to add up to 2 additional storeys to their home to create new homes or more living space for growing families through a fast track approval process, with a requirement to carefully consider the impact on neighbours and the appearance of the extension. 

This will reduce pressure to build on greenfield sites and deliver more homes that fit the character of their local area, without the red tape. 

Pubs, libraries, village shops and other buildings essential to communities will not be covered by these flexibilities, recognising these form part of the fabric of areas. 

Last week the government announced changes (opens in a new tab) to ensure theatres, concert halls and live music performance venues are saved for future generations. 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

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