The House of Commons has voted (by 265 to 221) to accept the amended Growth & Infrastructure Bill, which was passed by the Lords on Monday (more here) and which gives homeowners the permitted development right to extend their properties by up to eight metres without the need for planning permission. Sort of.
**UPDATE, 25th April 2013: It’s all been given Royal Assent… Pickles, Eric: “The common sense reforms in this Act will make it possible for local businesses to grow and to create the jobs and opportunities people need to get on in life. It will unlock British entrepreneurship that has been jammed up for too long in red tape whilst ensuring democratic checks and environmental safeguards remain in place.”
Boles, Nick: “The Growth and Infrastructure Act is a major landmark for the coalition government. These new laws will reform our economy so it can boost investment, growth and jobs by streamlining a lot of confusing and overlapping red tape that all too often gets in the way of people’s everyday lives.” UPDATE**