In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its severe impact on the economy, Boris Johnson announced that the Government intends to deliver “the most radical reforms of our planning system since the end of the Second World War”. 

As part of this plan, permitted development rights are changing to allow homeowners to build upwards via a fast track approval process.

Two-storey extensions pose a much greater threat in infringing the rights of light which neighbouring properties are likely to enjoy if they have been in situ for 20 years or more.

Rights of light are a civil legal matter and need to be considered even if a development receives planning permission or is ‘fast tracked’ as a permitted development.

Download our fact sheet “A Guide to Legal Rights of Light” from our Resources page

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