Are ministers going to ease planning restrictions?

The growth and Infrastructure bill was amended by the House of Lords last month which may lead to councils being given the right to opt out changes to planning rules.

The idea, which was announced last year, is to relax planning rules which would allow an increase in the size of a single story extension to 8 metres on a detached house and 6 metres for other houses without planning consent.

Some MPs are saying the planned changes are a “recipe for disaster” and will cause disputes between neighbours.

If the bill is passed when ministers vote later, it could give the building trade a huge boost and could create much needed jobs but at what price?