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Roughly two in five homeowners in the UK would rather build an extension than move homes, following recent changes in planning law, according to a recent report from TSB Bank.

The new rules introduced in May 2019 let homeowners put up a single-storey rear extension, of up to six metres for terraced or semi-detached homes or eight metres for detached homes. Before this, homeowners had to make planning applications to local councils for extensions of this size, which included an upfront fee and potential approval waiting times that could last several months.

Recent reforms mean that homeowners are now able to improve and add value to their existing home through rear extensions as well as increase living space for growing families, rather than having to move to a larger property.

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Potential disputes

The new research found that 80 per cent of people thought the change in regulations will make disputes within neighbourhoods more likely, with 79 per cent saying they thought that people would have their view spoilt by new extensions.

Over the next three years, 19 per cent of homeowners are now more likely to build a rear extension as a result of this change in the law, according to the report from TSB Bank.

Important considerations

Of those surveyed, 50 per cent said they would build an extension as they want more space, while 49 per cent said the cost of moving is too expensive. Also, 25 per cent stated that they would rather stay where they are because they love their existing location.

In regards to how homeowners would pay for their extensions, 35 per cent said that they would consider re-mortgaging their home, which was a popular option for 54 per cent of 18-to-34 year olds.

Adding value with added floor space

Nick Smith, head of mortgages at TSB Bank, commented: “It’s no surprise that homeowners cite the cost of moving as one of the biggest barriers to affording a new home or moving up the property ladder. Building an extension is a great way to add extra space without having to undertake the additional costs such as Stamp Duty and legal fees.”

James Ginley technical director of Legal & General Surveying Services, pointed out that, “where space is at a premium, quite simply adding floor area adds value.”

He added: “Good design, layout and functionality of homes is increasingly important. Homebuyers want the space but tasteful extensions and modern open plan living areas offered by extensions are value-generating.”

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Steven Taylor
Steven reports on the daily churn of the property news cycle, often reporting on the stories you may have missed during the week. He covers a range of topics, including market sentiment, new findings and announcements by policy-makers.

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    2 Comments

    1. It is not surprising people are extending their home. It makes sense as George Osborne taxes have impacted. Save the stamp duty, save the solicitors fees, save mortgage fees and all the other hangers on and invest in enlarging your home thus adding value to it rather than stuffing your hard earnt dosh into HM Treasury cash box.

    2. Yep and the mortgage lender likes it as it increases the equity in the property so even though lending additional funds they end up with lower LTV so a win-win for all parties except of course for the Treasury!
      The only real problem is that the number of smaller and necessarily cheaper properties become reduced.
      A judgement must be made to not improve beyond the top street price.

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