Saturday, 2 June 2012

Granny Flats and Granny Annexes Breaking News

Breaking News on Granny Flats Granny Annexes and Teenage Accommodation buildings

Hundreds of thousands of families will be offered tax breaks on “granny flats” under plans to ease the housing crisis.

Today in the news is a story that Eric Pickles (Government Communities Secretary) has made a statement about his intentions to make it easier to develop living annexes as part of your own home. This seems to be driven by the economic need to provide more housing. The debate has kicked off big-style and no doubt there will be more to come. Eric Pickles proposal seems to represent a whole lot of common sense and should benefit a lot of families. Councils will no doubt want to protect their revenues and the idea that council tax will not be levied on this type of development may lead to a bit of wrangling!

In any case the debate has started and at least this statement somewhat reflects the trend shown by enquiries and questions received from readers of our main website planning page.

Our current government seems to want planning to be easier. It seems to me that slow planning is a result of fewer applications in recent years! I guess we can say this is human nature at work.

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  3. Eric Pickles got his facts wrong! You don't currently have to pay council tax on a granny annexe incidental to the home and used by a family member. Plus you can put one in your garden under your permitted development rights without the need for planning, if you know how to go about it ;)

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