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Planning Permission regulations relaxed

It is to be much easier for householders to undertake renovations and extensions to their homes.

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Wednesday 23 March 2011

The Stormont Environment Minister Edwin Poots has announced new arrangements that mean many people will no longer need to apply for planning permission to extend their homes.

These new planning rules - that come into operation on 6th April - will extend the scope of minor household development that can be carried out without submitting a planning application.

The DUP Minister said: "The measures will increase the range of householder development that no longer needs planning permission including small house extensions and conservatories, roof alterations, porches, sheds and green houses, oil and gas storage containers and chimneys, flues and decking.

"The new arrangements will also introduce new domestic permitted development rights for renewable energy technologies such as solar panels, heat pumps and biomass fuel storage containers.

"I want to make it easier for homeowners to undertake these types of minor development to their homes," he explained.