Housing Secretary Michael Gove is set to announce plans to make home extensions and loft conversions easier, in a bid to address the UK’s housing shortage.
The proposals, which will be outlined in a speech on Monday, would see the government streamline the planning process for certain types of home improvements. This would include making it easier to convert lofts into bedrooms, and to extend homes by up to two storeys.
Gove said the plans would “make it easier for people to extend their homes and make them more energy-efficient”, and that they would “help to build the homes our country needs”.
However, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, Lisa Nandy, said the plans were a “drop in the ocean” and that they would not address the scale of the housing crisis.
“The government needs to do more than just tweak the planning rules,” she said. “They need to build more homes, and they need to do it now.”
The proposals are part of the government’s wider plan to increase the number of new homes being built in the UK. The government has set a target of building 300,000 new homes per year, but it is currently only building around 200,000 per year.
The government’s plans have been welcomed by some industry groups, who say they will help to boost the construction sector. However, others have expressed concerns that the plans could lead to a loss of green space and that they will not do enough to address the affordability of housing.
It remains to be seen whether the government’s plans will be enough to address the UK’s housing shortage. However, they are a significant step in the right direction, and they could help to make home ownership more affordable for many people.
- Housing Secretary Michael Gove is set to announce plans to make home extensions and loft conversions easier.
- The proposals would streamline the planning process for certain types of home improvements.
- The plans have been welcomed by some industry groups, but others have expressed concerns.
- It remains to be seen whether the plans will be enough to address the UK’s housing shortage.