There has been an update on “Project Speed” from Boris Johnson today that may be of interest in relation to proposed planning changes.

Under what Mr Johnson dubbed "project speed," planning laws would be streamlined to encourage building.

Changes, planned for September, include:

  • A wider range of commercial buildings will be allowed to change to residential use without the need for a planning application
  • Builders will not need a normal planning application to demolish and rebuild vacant and redundant residential and commercial buildings, if they are rebuilt as homes
  • Homeowners will be able to build additional space above their properties "via a fast track approval process" and subject to neighbour consultation

Pubs, libraries, village shops will be protected from the changes as they were are "essential to the lifeblood of communities," the government said.

Link to BBC report can be found at and the government update at

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