Local Lib Dems reject Government plans to allow home extensions without planning permission

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Kingston Lib Dems have writen to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg in the strongest terms about Government plans which would see residents being able to extend their homes by up to eight metres without planning permission.

We welcome any changes that will stimulate the economy, boost jobs and growth but believe this change to policy would be a disaster for residents and our communities.

Examples of unauthorised householder extensions in Hillingdon and York City Council which were served enforcement notices – both were subsequently demolished.

Under current legislation, residents apply for planning permission for extensions more than 3 metres on a semi detached and terrace property and 4 metres on a detached house. Beyond these distances extensions can have significant effects on neighbouring properties in terms of loss of light and being enclosed.

The current system allows for neighbours to comment on planning applications and allows council officers to properly assess the planning application. Doubling the size of extensions will simply pit neighbours against each other and will result in many residents being blighted by a neighbour’s extension over which they have no say.

Last night at Full Council, the Liberal Democrat Administration instructed the Director of Place to submit a robust response to the Government’s consultation.

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