The government has announced a relaxation of current planning laws in England, removing the requirement for people to get permission from local planning officers for any house extension up to the size of two runways big enough to land Airbus A380 passenger jets in their back garden.
The new Permitted Development Rights will make it easier to install conservatories, loft extensions and international airports without going through weeks of planning bureaucracy, the prime minister promised.
Mr Cameron said: ‘We’re determined to cut through the bureaucracy that holds us back. That starts with getting the planners off our backs, and meeting the aspirations of families that want to buy or improve a home, preferably by opening a commercially viable airport terminal within the Home Counties.’
Already a family in west London have started work on two 660-metre tarmac landing strips and a conservatory with baggage reclaim and customs facilities. ‘Our previous runways simply weren’t big enough for our growing family,’ said homeowner Marie Wells, 44. ‘Our youngest is nearly 10 and we’re planning to go on a husky safari in Canada next May followed by trekking in Costa Rica in September. We can’t be expected to do that with just decking and pots.’
Concern about their work was expressed by a near neighbour, Boris, who said ‘it interferes with my plans to add multiple runways to my own house.’ He was also worried their new international terminal would overlook his loo. ‘And I was going to build a gazebo on an island in the eastern reaches of the Thames, but I might have to reconsider that now too.’