Relaxed planning laws from September 30
2:01pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
RELAXED planning laws are set to come into force across Wales for homeowners from September 30.
Under plans unveiled by the Welsh Government residents will be able to build more extensions and make more alterations to their homes without needing to apply for planning permission.
Housing Minister Carl Sargeant announced the slated changes as part of amendments to planning guidance, earlier this year.
The reforms will void many excessive planning obstacles, although there will be no formal change in the law.
Mr Sargeant said: “Ensuring that the people of Wales have quality, affordable and secure homes is my number one priority.
“These changes will allow some of the smaller, less contentious alterations and improvements to houses exempt from the planning process.
“The aim of these changes is to balance the provision of greater flexibility for householders with a need to protect the interests of communities and the impact of development on the environment.
“As well as giving the householders the flexibility to carry out small improvements to their homes without needing to spend time and money in seeking planning permission, I hope that this will also allow local authorities to focus their attention on larger, more complex planning applications.”
But some have criticised the Welsh Government for taking five years to introduce the revised regulations – after England introduced near-identical changes in 2008.
Vale of Glamorgan cabinet member for planning Lis Burnett said: “It simplifies planning which can be a minefield for a lot of people.
“I think it seeks to make some small but positive changes and it is a step forward.”