London, UK (PRWEB) December 4, 2008
Despite recent changes to planning laws, which were designed to reduce the number of planning applications and simplify the process, most of the nation's homeowners will be no better off under the new rules.
The problems with this cumbersome planning process can be felt now, more than ever before, due to the current economic crisis and flat property market. This means the current cost of moving is prohibitively high and so, homeowners who are looking to renovate their current homes as an alternative, are finding that the complex planning system is getting in the way of their plans. Recent statistics appear to back up this claim as the second quarter of 2008 saw a nine per cent drop in household planning applications across the UK.*
Hugo Tugman, the founder of Architect Your Home said:
"When they were announced recently, most people welcomed the new laws on planning as given the state of the property market, many saw it as an opportunity for many families to get the space that they needed by extending their existing properties. Unfortunately, however, it has since become clear that the new planning rules mean the process is just as difficult as it was before. Ultimately therefore these changes are not going to help homeowners, the building industry or local authorities.
What we need in the current economic climate is positive action from the Government to resolve this situation. We have recently seen a temporary stop on stamp duty helping first time buyers through these economically difficult times, but why not introduce a temporary relaxation on planning rules for homeowners who have no other option but to increase the space in their homes.
We are not talking about allowing developers to build multi-storey flats, but relaxing the rules to help homeowners who need to renovate to provide their families with proper living space. Such a move would also provide a much needed boost for the construction industry."
Deciphering the impact of the new planning legislation is a difficult task and tables below help to outline some of the pros and cons of the new regulations.
Pros of new regulations:
Cons of new regulations:
Architect Your Home operates across the whole of the UK with a network of more than 50 offices. Since 2001, Architect Your Home has provided home design, house plans and architectural services to over 4,000 homeowners.
Architect Your Home revolutionised traditional architects' working methods and developed a unique cost-effective pay-as-you-go menu of services. This has given homeowners access to a professional qualified architects regardless of their project size or budget.
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