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Planning rules eased for home improvements

New rules came into force on 6th February 2012 to make it easier for people to make changes to their homes.

The rules allow a range of works within certain constraints - including extensions, access ramps, sheds, garages and decking - to be built without applying for planning permission. Certain restrictions will still apply for conservation areas and listed buildings.

Until now, householders paid £160 in planning fees for developments. Just over forty per cent of all applications are for planning permission on existing homes and it is hoped that these changes will remove up to a fifth of those, around four thousand a year, from the planning system.

“These changes allow people to improve their homes more easily and save them money, while creating jobs for building companies and trades people,” said Planning Minister, Derek Mackay. “Planning has an important role to play in increasing sustainable economic growth, and these changes, removing in certain cases the need for householders to get planning permission, are a good example of this. They will also enable planning authorities to focus their attention on processing applications for larger developments."

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February  2012


  • SLC Annual Report 2011 (29 February 2012)
  • Bankruptcy Law Consultation (28 February 2012)
  • New taskforces to tackle tax evasion (24 February 2012)
  • Bankruptcy Restriction Order approved (23 February 2012)
  • European Company Law: what way forward? (21 February 2012)
  • Domestic abuse court pilot in Livingston (17 February 2012)
  • Stamp duty holiday rush (16 February 2012)
  • OSCR Report (14 February 2012)
  • Insider trading and market manipulation (09 February 2012)
  • Pinsent Masons and McGrigors Agree to Merge (07 February 2012)
  • Planning rules eased for home improvements (06 February 2012)
  • Dundas & Wilson to open in Aberdeen (03 February 2012)
  • Fast-track justice (01 February 2012)