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Help and guidance for home extension and renovation during 2020 - including our very own ‘Extend...

In the face of the seemingly never ending uncertainties of Brexit, there’s been talk in Government that still more support and encouragement may be on the cards to make it even easier then ever before for homeowners to extend their homes in the year ahead and indeed into the new decade.

The talk has certainly been very much in this vein for a while now from the Government who have made it clear that they want common sense on home extensions, so families aren’t crushed by expensive red tape.

no ‘red tape’

They indicate that, for home extensions and conservatories, as long as your neighbours are happy, the Conservative view suggests it very much wants to always give home-owners more of the right to build, without old-fashioned red tape regulations getting in the way.


There has of course been a vital relaxation in planning during the past year in May you may recall when temporary extension to permitted development rights – the ability to perform certain types of work on a property you own without the need to for planning permission – introduced six years ago, was made permanent in Parliament.

permitted development

It was in May 2013 the scope of permitted development rights initially increased the size limits for the depth of single-storey domestic extensions from 4m to 8m (for detached houses) and from 3m to 6m (for all other houses) for a period of three years, provided they weren’t in protected areas.

neighbour consultation

This was then extended to May 2019 by the Government – and now included a neighbour consultation scheme on new extensions in response to concerns over original proposals – before being made permanent in the same month.


Commenting at the time, Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP, said: ‘These measures will help families extend their properties without battling through time-consuming red tape. By making this permitted development right permanent, it will mean families can grow without being forced to move. This is part of a package of reforms to build more, better, faster and make the housing market work – and sits alongside our drive to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid 2020s.’

more restricted

Remember though, permitted development rights may be more restricted in ‘designated areas’, including those such as Conservation Area; National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Also, anyone following this blog will have been aware of the many fast growing number of events and shows that are staged on a regular basis that have home extension and home re-plans and renovation at their heart.

expert help

For the record if you have plans for next year and are a seeking expert advice, ideas and guidance on your home extension thoughts, the first show of the year is the first of the 2020 Homebuilding and Renovating shows. These are events packed with all kinds of expert help and ideas to boost your home extension or renovation during 2020. The starter show of 2020 is not too far away at Farnborough in Hampshire during January and the bumper NEC show in Birmingham is in March. Check out their web site

bright and ideas

So goes their publicity blurb “Whether you’re mid-way through a project or don’t know where to start, the Homebuilding & Renovating Show is brimming with bright ideas. Swap months of scouring the internet for face-to-face consultations, specialist Master classes and hundreds of products – all under one roof. You can your ideas, your plans or your problems to the Advice Centre for FREE one-on-one consultations. We’ll pair you with the architect, planning, self-build or renovation expert who is perfectly equipped with the knowledge to guide you through.”


Then, of course, we at Mint Builders will be doing their bit too and relaunching our - now we like to think quite - 'well known' ‘Extend Instead’ campaign - our free advice service to help home-owners in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds successfully launch their 2020 home extension and renovation plans.

single storey extension

When you want to extend your home, but a conservatory isn’t suited to your requirements, a single storey extension could be perfect for you. An extension could be used to create a larger kitchen, an additional living area, or a dining room. Whatever use you have in mind for your extension, the extra space will transform your family life.

great solution

If you need the extra space and you’re considering moving to a larger property, an extension could be a great solution. Moving to a new house is expensive and disruptive. If you’re happy where you are but you just need a bit more space, a single storey extension will create a versatile living area for you to enjoy. If you do decide to sell up in the future, an extension can add upwards of 10% to the value of your property.

Extend Instead’

So now you know .. we are here to help you extend and renovate and beat the likely post Brexit home moving price slowdown by not moving home but deciding to ‘Extend Instead’

Refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home – it may be the best thing to do for 2020.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.

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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