Published: 28th May 2019

The Horse Statue in Hawick High Street. Credit: Jennifer Petrie. The government has relaxed ‘permitted development’ rules allowing homeowners and high street businesses to extend their properties quickly without needing full planning permission. The wide-ranging package of reforms, announced over the weekend, makes permanent rights first introduced in 2013 which permit home extensions without homeowners needing to seek planning permission from their local authority. The reforms will also affect commercial properties, in a move the government says will allow high street shops to react more quickly to changing customer trends. Announcing the measures, housing minister Kit Malthouse MP said: ‘These measures will help families extend their properties without battling through time-consuming red tape. ‘By making this permitted development right permanent, it will mean families can grow without being forced to move. ‘This is part of a package of reforms to build more, better, faster and make … (To read the full article, subscribe below)