Less red tape for house changes

THE Scottish Government has amended planning legislation to reduce red tape for residents making alterations to their homes.

Revised ‘permitted development rights’ for householders came into effect this month and aim to reduce the number of planning applications received by councils each year.

Councillor Billy Hendry, convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s development & infrastructure committee, said: “The revised legislation will remove minor developments from planning control and will give householders more freedom to develop their properties.

“This in turn will free up planning authority resources to concentrate on more significant planning issues.

“Certain forms of development may be carried out as permitted development - ie they don’t need a planning application. Generally this is when the scale and nature of the development is considered to be less significant and will have little impact on the surrounding area. This will include simple alterations such as some porches, decking and access ramps.

“Check the council website or give officers a call if you’d like to know more about how this might affect you.”