Radically simplify planning law for home owner-occupiers

I recently was granted planning permission for a minor extension (building into a terrace side return) on my home that I own and live in. The process was costly and time consuming, and the local council demanded a pointless cosmetic change. I would not propose removing protections for listed buildings, or building regulations, but mine is just an unremarkable terrace, and the extension was at the rear, not visible from the street. It is difficult to see the public value in this layer of bureaucracy dedicated to aesthetic regulation for normal houses.

Why does this idea matter?

It will reduce an unncecessary interference from the state, and save money for local council-tax payers.

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