Has Planning Regulations Been Thrown Out Of The Window?

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  • I live in a 1930s built suburb of London of mostly semi-detached houses.

    Until recently, if you wanted to extend your house or do some major modification, you had to have planning permission. But now rules seem to be "relaxed"....

    I am seeing the roof areas of several houses in my area being turned into full blown stories. In other words, turning a 2 storey/level house into a 3 storey one. Some even have balconies which look right out onto their neighbours gardens. Nice for sun bathing in the summer...

    What is the point of councils if they don't even enforce whatever remaining planning laws are left? They certainly don't clean the streets in my area that often.

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