Homeowners in Wales will be able to carry out a greater range of extensions on their properties without needing planning permission, the Welsh government has announced.
Carl Sargeant, Wales’ Housing and Regeneration Minister, announced plans on 22nd July 2013 to allow property owners to build a larger range of extensions and garden buildings without being required to submit a planning application.
Applicable from 30th September, the changes are aimed at giving homeowners more flexibility and freeing up local authorities to focus on larger or more complex planning applications.
The proposals will mean that a property can have extensions to the roof, side and rear without permission, as long as certain requirements are met (permitted development rights).
Adding windows to the allowed extensions is permitted under the planning guide, but all new windows in the side elevation of the existing house or the extension within 10.5m of the side boundary of the house should be obscure glazed and non-opening. Side windows should be obscure glazed to minimum of level 3.
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Details on the necessary requirements are included in a planning guide which the Welsh Government has published for householders and is available here.