ToryLibDems face defeat over Planning Laws.

Planning iconToryLibDem plans to relax the planning laws to allow anyone to build huge house extensions without planning permission are set to be defeated next week in the House of Commons.

The plan would allow homeowners to build extensions of up to eight metres without consent of the current law which is designed to protect neighbourhood amenity.

Last month members of the House of Lords voted through an amendment tabled by Lord True, the leader of Richmond Council, that would allow local authorities to exempt themselves from the relaxed planning rules.

It is expected the Government will be defeated next week with Labour, most LibDems and upwards of 20 Tory Rebels voting against the legislation who fear a big rise in disputes between neighbours about eyesore extensions.

Other recent changes to planning laws, part of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill” was said to have been written for the Government by Developers and in practice favours Developers above the wishes of Local Communities.  Many fear that the new legislation will make it very difficult to protect large swathes of the Green-Belt.

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