New rules that will make it easier to build extra storeys onto homes, apartment blocks, shops and offices have been announced by Sajid Javid.
The Housing Secretary has confirmed Government support to create a new generation of town houses in cities like London and Manchester in a bid to ‘ease pressure on valuable open spaces and help growing families’.
The policy will be included in the revised draft National Planning Policy Framework, due for consultation early this year.
Under the plans an additional two levels could be added to a property – provided it was in keeping with the roofline of other buildings in the area and is in keeping with the character of the local area.
Sajid Javid said: “The answer to building new homes isn’t always an empty plot, or developing on a derelict site.
“We need to be more creative and make more effective use of the space we already have available.
“That’s why we are looking to strengthen planning rules to encourage developers to be more innovative and look at opportunities to build upwards where possible when delivering the homes the country needs.”
He said the changes will ensure councils can protect valuable open space in inner city areas, maintain the character of residential areas, safeguard people’s privacy and stop unwanted garden grabbing.
Last year Residential Property Investor magazine interviewed the founder of London YIMBY. An acronym for Yes, In My Back Yard, the new movement promotes increasing the density of development by, amongst other things, relaxing planning laws to allow people to build up.
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