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03 August 2020

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Ten new courts unveiled to tackle evictions proceedings backlog

30 July 2020

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Demand from tenants and rental supply highest on record for June

30 July 2020

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Guidance released for re-opening of housing market in Wales

28 July 2020

Today, 28 July, the Welsh Government has released guidance for the property sector and has updated its amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations in light of the re-opening of the housing market from 27 July. Read More...

Government to reform planning system in England

Tuesday 21 July 2020

In Parliament today, 21 July, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced new rules that homeowners will be able to add up to two additional storeys to properties to create new homes or more living space through a fast track approval process.

The new rules, which come into effect by September, aim to reduce pressure to build on greenfield sites and deliver more homes that fit the character of their local area, without the red tape, by no longer requesting a full planning application when wishing to demolish or rebuild unused buildings as homes or commercial and retail properties.

The laws are expected to provide much-needed new homes and revitalise town centres across England. As well as reforming the seven-decade-old planning system to deliver more high-quality, well-designed homes it is said that it will cut out bureaucracy whilst protecting high standards with developers still adhering to the building regulations.

Town centres

High streets and town centres are said to benefit from the new rules as it will provide more space for new businesses and help them to adapt quickly to what consumers and businesses need.

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These changes will help transform boarded up, unused buildings safely into high-quality homes at the heart of their communities. It will mean that families can add up to two storeys to their home, providing much needed additional space for children or elderly relatives as their household grows. Pubs, libraries, village shops, and other buildings essential to communities will not be covered by these flexibilities, recognising these form part of the fabric of areas.

Robert Jenrick MP, Housing Secretary

Supporting home building

The announcement builds on recent measures to support home building across England, including:

  • up to 180,000 new affordable homes through the new £12 billion affordable homes programme
  • allocating funds from the £400 million Brownfield Land Fund to the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Liverpool City Region, Sheffield City Region, and North of Tyne and Tees Valley to support around 24,000 homes
  • boosting the Home Building Fund with an additional £450 million, helping smaller developers access finance for new housing developments which is expected to support the delivery of around 7,200 new homes


Propertymark raised its views in a response to the DCLG and Mayor of London consultation on 'upward extensions in London' in 2016. We believe that the best way to increase housing supply is to encourage the building of every type of home and building upwards on existing premises is a viable option to increase housing supply while protecting open spaces, which are at a premium in London. 

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