I’m still half-expecting to find that the government’s new big plan (to allow bigger extensions for a year) is a wind-up.
Miliband is right, and a bit amusing, when he points out that it doesn’t amount to an economic plan, but it also has the potential to be quite disruptive in other ways too. These proposals would take some plans out of the planning system and remove the need to get planning permission which could be great for somebody wanting a large, ugly extension. They won’t have to worry about it going to a planning committee meeting and having their neighbours stand up to voice their objections.
Not so good for the neighbours though. I have seen people object quite strenuously to applications that looked pretty unobjectionable to me. I reckon there are a lot of people out there who would be more than a little put out if the house next door grew by 26 feet and they couldn’t even say anything about it. I wonder if there is a backlog of plans that would never get approved by any sensible council that would suddenly be permissible.
There is also the prospect of years worth of hassle in council planning meetings. Once the amnesty ends it will still be hard to refuse any future applications for 8-metre extensions, even if it is fugly and overbearing.