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Landlords in England thinking of developing their rental properties will be interested to learn they will soon be able to carry out more improvement or extension work without the requirement for planning permission.

Under the new rules, which will come into effect by September, property owners will be able to add up to two additional storeys to their buildings to create new homes or more living space through a fast track approval process.

There will, however, be a requirement to carefully consider the impact on neighbours and the appearance of the extension.

The rules will also mean full planning applications will not be required to demolish and rebuild unused buildings as homes and commercial and retail properties can be quickly repurposed.

This could see more rental homes being created within buildings with former alternative uses.

Permitted development rights (PDR) allow the improvement or extension of homes without the need to apply for planning permission

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick says: “We are reforming the planning system and cutting out unnecessary bureaucracy to give small business owners the freedom they need to adapt and evolve, and to renew our town centres with new enterprises and more housing.

“These changes will help transform boarded up, unused buildings safely into high quality homes at the heart of their communities.

“It will mean that families can add up to two storeys to their home, providing much needed additional space for children or elderly relatives as their household grows.”

Pubs, libraries, village shops and other buildings essential to communities will not be covered by these flexibilities, recognising these form part of the fabric of areas.