Richmond Council to oppose planning rules change

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A Conservative council is poised to defy the government over a relaxation of planning rules for building extensions.

The proposals, covering England and intended to boost the economy, will allow larger home and business extensions without planning permission.

But amid fears of a rash of ugly extensions, Richmond council officials in south-west London are considering ways to circumvent the policy.

Ministers said the "vast majority of councils" would approve the changes.

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