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Government plans to relax planning laws will make it easier to build extensions to provide so-called “granny flats”.
Similarly, rented accommodation for the young and middle-aged often proves expensive and unsatisfactory.
High house prices and banks’ reluctance to provide mortgages since the credit crisis began five years ago have pushed up the average age of first-time buyers to 37.
This is about a decade later than their parents typically bought their first home, a quarter of a century ago.
It makes sense, therefore, to consider taking advantage of government proposals to allow ground-floor extensions up to six metres – or up to eight metres for detached houses – without the need for formal permission.
Where space allows, it may make sense to go even further, as Adrian Wright of buying agents Private Property Search explains.