New planning laws were announced yesterday (21st July 2020) in Parliament enabling unused buildings to be demolished and rebuilt without the need for full planning permission.
The same announcement included news that two storeys may be added to existing houses using a fast-track approval process.
These new laws are expected to relieve pressure on greenfield sites and reduce red tape, whilst allowing the building of more new homes that fit in with local areas.
Further plans are being set out by the government to reform England's planning system and details will be released this month. The objective is to encourage well-designed high-quality new homes set in green and beautiful comunities, whilst cutting out much bureacracy.