New planning permission guidelines make home extensions easier

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Want to extend but can’t face planning permission? New rules came into force on 1st October enabling families in England to extend their homes without having to get planning permission.

These new regulations will enable the majority of homeowners to carry out loft conversions and extensions without the sometimes difficult process of obtaining approval from their local council.

The Government estimates these new rules will remove the need for around 80,000 households to seek planning permission, saving each household up to £1,000 in costs.

According to Sainsbury’s Home Insurance, this couldn’t have come at a better time since a fifth of British homeowners plan to undertake major structural changes to their property between May 2008 and May 2009, with 1.3million of these people opting for a loft or roof conversion and 950,000 planning a rear extension.

The right extension can really increase the value of your home, check out our Housetohome guide to extending for great ideas and advice.

Housetohome’s top tip

If you’re looking to undertake structural changes that will increase the size of your property, don’t forget to inform your buildings insurer first. Homeowners who do not contact their insurer could risk being left underinsured or invalidating their insurance in the event of an incident occuring during or after the works.

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