But I’m not. I’m typing it in a wall-ridden 1930s semi, with the plans for the extension lying, thus far untroubled by builder’s hand, next to me on the table. Planning permission may be unnecessary, but you still require the approval of the council’s building officer before you start work. And that takes a very long time.
I can’t get my head around this – my partner has explained the process to me 100 times, but I find the delays so frustrating that I don’t really listen. I think that we have to gain permission for the exemption from planning permission: permission not to require permission, as it were.
Reminds me of a story from 1992 or so Russia.
Anatoly Sobchak, Mayor of St Petersburg, announces that you no longer need a licence or permission to set up in business. Just get on with it and send us a letter to register for tax etc.
Next morning the licence office is besieged. With people demanding a licence not to need a licence.
If you want to reform planning then you\’ve got to really change the system. Build whatever you like unless the council objects. You can even give them the power to insist it must be torn down if you like. But if you leave them with the power to grant approval for not needing approval then nothing will change.