Brecher’s Rachel Lee discusses the government’s new planning reforms

At the end of May 2013 the government relaxed certain Permitted Development rules, for limited two/three year periods. It is now possible to undertake various building works, extensions and changes of use without express planning permission. This is part of the Government’s desire to stimulate the economy.

These changes will be welcomed by many owners of residential and commercial buildings. But tension that can arise in the planning system will unfortunately not disappear. Nor will the overlap between the public and private interests involved.

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