PD rights 'help sellers increase property value'

Posted: 06 Oct 2008 13:46:50 GMT

            Property News - PD rights 'help sellers increase property value'

The reform of permitted development (PD) rights will help home-sellers quickly add value to their property, but interference by local authorities could set dangerous precedents.

That is the opinion of housing information services provider Betternest, which claims that the new legislation includes a "nasty caveat" known as Article Four, which allows local authorities to amend PD rights.

As of October 1st, homeowners are now allowed to make more substantial changes to their property without applying for full planning permission.

Permitted changes include loft conversions, extensions, outbuildings, porches, off-street parking and the installation of roof lighting.

However, Betternest planning expert Simon Smith warned: "Under the reform, the local authority will be able to ultimately apply Article 4 directive left, right and centre, as much as they like, and that’s a really worrying thing.

"From October1st 2008 until 2009 there will be a honeymoon period. Where local authorities, over that year, instil some Article Four directive, it will affect your rights, but once that year has expired, that's your lot."

Meanwhile, a new code of conduct and consumer redress scheme has been announced that will help to tackle issues such as delay, faults and potentially unfair contract terms in the new-build housing market.

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