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Relaxed rules on home extensions slammed by East Lancashire politicians
NEW GOVERNMENT proposals to ease planning rules on home extensions have been condemned by East Lancashire council chiefs of all parties.
Pendle Liberal Democrat Tony Greaves said the idea was “unbelievable stupidity” while Tory planning spokesman on Blackburn with Darwen council Alan Cottam predicted a rash of legal disputes.
Alyson Barnes, Labour leader of Rossendale, said: “This is not going to kick-start the economy, it is just going to cause a lot of neighbour disputes.” Ribble Valley Conservative deputy leader Stuart Hirst said: “We would be concerned about unregulated development because of its effect on the environment of the borough.”
The government last night announced consultations on allowing homeowners, for three years, to build larger extensions on houses — up to 8m long for detached properties and six for others.
Rules on shop and office expansion and affordable housing in new developments will be relaxed and it will be easier to install conservatories and loft extensions.
Blackburn with Darwen council planning chairman Jim Smith said: “This a recipe for neighbour disputes. The present system allows for compromise. Extensions are the biggest cause of objections and disputes across the borough.” Coun Cottam said: “We’ll just see more people using civil legal cases to object to extensions.”
Coun Greaves said: “This is unbelievable stupidity. It will cause massive problems in the cramped terraced streets of East Lancashire.”
Hynburn borough planning chairman Bernard Dawson said: “I don’t think it will make much difference but it will worsen neighbour disputes.”
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