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Warning that changes to planning rules risk feuds between neighbours in Solihull

PLANS to make it easier for people to extend their homes risk fuelling feuds between neighbours, Solihull Council has warned.

PLANS to make it easier for people to extend their homes risk fuelling feuds between neighbours, Solihull Council has warned.

The local authority last week agreed its response to proposals which could see extensions of up to eight metres allowed without planning permission.

In October, borough councillors of all political colours agreed any intended benefits of relaxing the law did not outweigh the dangers. Councillor John Windmill (Lib Dem, Olton) said the policy had managed to unite everyone from the Friends of the Earth to the Tories beloved Daily Mail in opposition.

The Government has argued there were too many costs and delays to planning applications and that relaxing the rules could boost the building industry.

But this month Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles admitted that the largest extensions may be considerably less than the six to eight metres mooted originally.

 

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