A MAJOR change to planning laws hidden in the Queen’s Speech will allow neighbours to vote on your home renovations.
In the small print of the Queen’s Speech, which was delivered yesterday, it was revealed residents will be given “more involvement in local development”.
Your neighbours could have a lot more say over your building plansCredit: Getty
Neighbours will be allowed to vote on the size and style of extensions, new homes and conversions happening along their street, according to The Times.
Residents will also be able to decide whether more loft conversions and conservatories can be built in their local area without full planning permission.
It means that your neighbours could have the power to give the go-ahead – or make your shelve – your plans.
It comes after The Sun first revealed the shake-up, where two-thirds of residents in local communities need to back any building plans in order for them to move forward.
While new developments need to be in keeping with the local area and cannot be built on greenfield sites.
Households will also be able to have “more of a say” over whether street names should be changed.
It is thought that the rule changes will encourage households to make home improvements and increase the value of their homes.
It comes as previous attempts to reform planning were paused due to Conservative resistance.
The shake-up was one of a number of new laws outlined in yesterday’s speech, which was delivered by Prince Charles for the first time in the Queen’s absence.
Plans were set out to extend the energy price cap, limiting bill rises beyond 2023 in a bid to help with the cost of living crisis.
And renters will be protected under proposals to ban “no-fault” evictions.
While thousands of people who face a terminal illness diagnosis each year were promised faster access to benefits.
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