The "GPDO Part 1 Class A (Larger Rear Extensions) - Background Information" page has been updated to include the following additional information:
- Latest: The below issues are currently due to return to the House of Lords on 22/04/2013 for further debate.
- 19/04/2013: Letter from Eric Pickles to MPs - On 19/04/2013, Eric Pickles wrote a letter to MPs setting out the revised version of the proposed changes to Part 1 of the GPDO. According to this letter:
"- Homeowners wishing to build extensions under the new powers would notify their local council with the details.
- The council would then inform the adjoining neighbours – this already happens for planning applications.
- If no objections are made to the council by the neighbours within a set period, the development can proceed.
- If objections are raised by neighbours, the council will consider whether the development would have an unacceptable impact on neighbours’ amenity.
- This is a form of ‘prior approval’ process which allows for consideration by ward councillors, and (if the council wishes) by a Planning Committee.
- There will be no fee for householders to go through this process." (pdf) (link).
- 19/04/2013: BBC - Eric Pickles amends home extension plans (link).
- 18/04/2013: BBC - Defeat possible on home extension plan, warns MP (link).