Developers will be able to change more High Street offices, large retail units and other town centre commercial premises into apartments with less hassle in future.
That’s because, in many instances, a planning application won’t be needed, Boris Johnson assured today.
In his ‘build, build, build’ speech the Prime Minister also insisted developers will no longer need the green light from Planners to demolish and rebuild vacant and disused property. This is provided the end result is residential housing.
And there was also good planning news for property owners intent on building second and third floor extensions: their application will be fast-tracked.
Easing of planning rules to help with housing crisis
The effective ‘tearing up’ of many existing government and local authority Planning rules is in a bid to boost the economy post-coronavirus and, at the same time, house more people. All the new Planning regulations are due to come into force in September.
Boost to infrastructure and ‘connectivity’
Johnson also pledged £5bn for a series of infrastructure projects and create jobs. He said this meant more schools, hospitals, roads and railways.
Self-billing his planning reforms the “most radical ” since the Second World War, he insisted they will help both UK companies and the government to build “faster, greener and better.”
He added: “I fully accept that there are going to be economic aftershocks, but there are also big opportunities now to take this country forward, to make investments, to make big changes.”
Critics are speculating that the money for the infrastructure projects will be funded via an increase in tax.
Meanwhile Chancellor Rishi Sunak will give more detail on the first phase of the UK economy recovery plans next week.
In the world of property there seems to be one topic that many of us love – decor! And more specifically, the colours we choose to paint our properties.
We asked ‘The Property Thing’ network group in Darlington to tell us what they choose to splash on the walls of their property projects. So whether you’re a fan of bold colours, feature walls, neutral greys or brilliant white, here are some cracking examples of what’s working well for property investors in the North.
Chris Bunn, of Goldcrest Property Investment, based in Teesside, opted for grey tones to catch the eyes of buyers for this newly renovated 4 bed semi detached house in Stockton on Tees.
Colours used: Farrow & Ball Blackened for the main colour and Plummet for the feature wall, with white woodwork.
Anthony Boyce of Diversify Property Solutions, based in Darlington, chose to add a striking feature wall to his newly renovated 3 bed semi- detached house.
Colours used: B&Q Vence (blue feature wall) with white walls and woodwork
Dean Jones, of Urbanlets, based in Leeds is also a fan of a feature wall for his HMO properties.
Colours used: Dulux Thunder Clouds (feature wall) and Silver Shores for the rest
Paul Million, of Real Property People Ltd, based in Darlington, isn’t one to shy away from colours that make a statement in his HMO properties.
Bathroom Colour used: Farrow & Ball Vardo (Green)
Communal Room Colour used: Farrow & Ball Hardwick White
Rachel Tasker, of Northside Homes Ltd, based in Gateshead, chooses Brilliant White every time for all of her single let properties.