New planning laws good news for Northamptonshire homeowners

Posted 4th September 2020

News that new extensions will be fast-tracked as part of changes to the planning laws will be welcomed by homeowners in Northamptonshire.

That’s the view of Adrian Timbers, Sales and Marketing Manager of T&K Home Improvements in Wellingborough.

The new laws, which were announced by Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick, come into force from September and, while applicants must continue to consider the impact on their neighbours, will speed up the process of approving extensions.

With the relaxation of planning laws to allow attached houses an extension up to six metres and detached houses one up to eight coming into force last year, the news will make extensions such as conservatories, glass extensions and orangeries even more attractive.

“The new laws are good news for homeowners who want a conservatory or orangery but have been put off in the past with the usual one-two month wait for councils to say yes,” said Adrian. “The need for extra space has been highlighted for many over the last four months and fast-tracking extensions will make it easier for homeowners to get the dream extension they want and the extra living space.” 

With many gaining a new appreciation of their homes during lockdown, there has been a real home improvement boom since things started to relax which is great news for the local economy.

“The new extension laws are another example that home improvements are a big part of the government’s economic recovery plans to boost spending on homes and give local businesses a lift,” added Adrian. “And with planning and building regs not applying to most garden outbuildings such as home offices, in most instances, it’s the perfect time for homeowners to take advantage.” 

T&K recently added garden rooms to its range of home improvement products, perfect for people looking to add extra space but who don’t want a full extension. Designed with precision, they are pre-assembled and transported already built for fast and easy installation.

T&K has supplied and installed products in the Northamptonshire area for more than 40 years and was voted Retail Business of the Year in 2019. For more information, telephone 01933 677444, email or visit