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Don’t Move - Extend Instead for 2020 ! - that’s the likely housing market outlook for next year!

News is that 2020 could be something of a boom year for home renovations and home extensions due to the probable housing market price and sales uncertainties during next year due likely to continue due to the up and coming General Election and the inevitable follow-on Brexit settlement wrangling.

We at Mint appreciate of course there’s been encouraging changes to planning rules and regulations to make it easier to extend and renovate many different kind of homes without needing to get planning permission.

Cheltenham and The Cotswolds

We also realise on our work ‘beat’ in Cheltenham and The Cotswolds that owners of both large and small homes are more and more opting for a possible extension or renovation to get more space as opposed to planning a 2020 home move to a new home .

New Year ‘re-launch’

The Mint team in view of the market outlook are revving up a New Year relaunch of our ‘Extend Instead’ campaign for 2020. Our expert team are ready to offer the full free advice, project planning and guidance and sound cost estimations too in order to show clearly to home-owners the advantages of extending or renovating for 2020 instead of facing the vagaries of the post election and Brexit housing market.

National planning 'stats'

On the subject on the overall homes planning applications situation nationally, our Editor has spotted some 'stats' facts online from The Planner magazine found here on the UK Government website


There were 45,800 residential decisions in the year ending June 2019; 6,200 were major and 39,700 were minor developments, down by 4 and 6 per cent respectively compared with a year earlier.

District-level planning authorities granted 91,700 decisions between April and June 2019 – a 3 per cent decline compared with the same quarter a year earlier. This equates to 88 per cent of the decisions, the same percentage as the corresponding quarter a year earlier, states a statistical release from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).


Some 83 per cent of major and minor decisions were granted, which is the same as the quarter ending June 2018. In total, district-level authorities reported 103,900 decisions on planning applications in April to June 2019, which is 3 per cent less than the 106,900 decisions in the same quarter of the previous year.

minor projects

Some 88 per cent of major applications were decided with 13 weeks or the agreed time, the same as the corresponding quarter in 2018. Also, from April to June 2019, 85 per cent of minor applications and 90 per cent of other applications were decided within eight weeks or the agreed time, the same as a year ago.


Breaking the numbers down, 10,900 residential applications were decided, 8 per cent less than between April and June 2018, while 1,400 major developments and 9,500 minor applications were granted. Authorities approved 2,200 commercial developments.

comparable decline

Authorities decided 403,200 planning applications in the year ending June 2019, a 5 per cent decline compared with the year ending June 2018. Of those 403,200, 355,000 decisions were granted, 5 per cent less than the year ending June 2018. New rules - as indicated already - does mean homes can often be extended and changed without joining the application 'stats' for 2020.

help and guide

Be sure, we at Mint can help and guide you on any planning requirements for your 2020 project if you decide to stay where you are and ‘Extend Instead’ with us at Mint builders. Good luck with your 2020 home extension plans.

Refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home. Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home. We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you 'Extend Instead' for 2020

Whatever your need, please request your quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739or email

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