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Parker Dann comment on Government's planning law changes7th September 2012

Chris Wojtulewski, director of the planning consultants Parker Dann, said: "The free-for-all on conservatories and bigger extensions may go down well with voters in the Tory heartlands, but it's by no means a game changer.

More controversial, but potentially much more effective, are the measures to get the diggers rolling on developments that are currently stalled.

With demand for housing weak, many developers who bought land in the boom times are holding back on building in the hope the market will improve.

The relaxation of the Section 106 rules may just tip the balance in their favour and get some of these schemes underway.

But this could be drastic medicine, with severe side effects.

Everyone agrees on the need to build more homes but building more homes at the expense of social housing schemes will come at a political cost for the government.

The idea that the private sector will step in to replace council housing schemes dates back to the Thatcher era. Now, that orthodoxy is being put on hold in an attempt to kick-start the stalled construction sector.

The trouble is that in a stagnant economy, the need to build more homes is greater, and so is the need for more social housing."

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