Nick Boles, the planning minister, claims there is no contradiction with the Government’s crackdown on ‘beds in sheds’ and the relaxation in planning laws for home extensions.
His comments came during a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference, in response to a question posed by Richard Ashton, policy and communications manager of the RLA.
Richard expressed concern that whilst the Government was rightly committed to eradicating the criminal problem posed by ‘beds in sheds’, this commitment was being undermined by lax planning laws that allowed cheap extensions to be built without planning permission that could then be used as ‘beds in sheds’ accommodation.
However, Mr. Boles (above) claimed that there was still a due process under planning law that had to be adhered to when building house extensions, which was a separate issue to ‘beds in sheds’.
After the meeting in Manchester, Richard said, “Whilst I appreciate Mr. Boles’ comments, criminals providing ‘beds in sheds’ will not appreciate the subtle difference between a cheaply built extension and an outbuilding converted into ‘beds in sheds’ accommodation. To my mind, the relaxation in planning laws allows them the opportunity to build ‘beds in sheds’ accommodation in the form of seemingly legitimate extensions, and this is a concern for the RLA.”