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House or High-rise?

House or High-rise?

The problem with new planning rights for home-owners

Last week’s announcement at the Conservative Party conference by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, to allow two-storey rooftop extensions to detached apartment buildings and private houses under wider powers of permitted development, is significant in many ways.

  • Will each building (particularly timber-framed ones) be able to hold the extra weight?
  • Will the upward extension significantly alter the existing skyline?
  • Will the extension block neighbours’ sunlight, result in overlooking and therefore affect the amenity as well as value of neighbouring properties?
  • How much disruption is likely to be caused during construction?
  • Would the added value outweigh the costs of construction?
  • Will this lead to multigenerational homes with big families all living under one roof?

All these are legitimate questions. However, there is one additional question that would affect transport planners such as ourselves: would the added residential space make it necessary for additional parking provision? If so, where will this be accommodated and will it result in unacceptable impact on the surrounding area?

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