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New rules from September for demolition, commercial and retail units

On 21st July 2020, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that new laws laid in Parliament, due to come into effect from September, will mean full planning applications will not be required to demolish and rebuild unused buildings as homes. Also, commercial and retail properties will be permitted to change use without the need for planning permission in an effort to help revitalise high streets and town centres. Pubs, libraries, village shops and other buildings considered essential to communities will not be covered by the changes.

In addition, homeowners will be able to add up to 2 additional storeys to their home to create new homes or more living space through a fast track approval process. Careful consideration will need to be given to the impact on neighbours and the appearance of any extension.

Full details of the conditions, restrictions and procedures remain to be announced.

Helen Winkler

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