Conservative MP Blackman says these plans might cause people to take the extensions down.

Revised approach will be brought forward by the ministers, after Lib Dem and Tory objected about plans regarding doubling the home extensions’ maximum size.

Eric Pickle, the Communities Secretary wants to make the planning restrictions at England easy for 3 years in order to enhance building trade.

But MPs have argued there would only be very few economic benefits associated to the plan.

Mr Pickles informed the MPs that he was ready for sensible compromise since he wanted to satisfy the coalition rebels.

After having disncussions with MP, Mr Pickles told that the new approach will be set at House of Lords at the time when Bill of Growth and Infrastructure will return next week.

He didn’t provide with further details about what compromise will look like.

Last year, it was announced by ministers that relaxation of three years of planning was required to permit extensions for single-storey till 8 meters for the detached houses and 6 meters for the others to be constructed without any consent for planning required.

The proposal under consultation caused local authorities to be angry and Labour opposes it as well.

According to Mr Pickles, he had heard the concerns that MPs and peers expressed and that he believed that even at that late hour they could actually establish a broad consensus on those practical reforms.

He said he could announce that day that in the spirit of consensus, they would bring forward a revised approach on the contentious question of permitted development rights for home extensions when the bill returns to the Lords. He also said that he believed that that was eminently bridgeable and he would like the opportunity to make that bridge.

He said that MPs will have the opportunity for voting on new plans when bill will come back on 23rd April to Commons.

The Bill of Infrastructure and Growth got amended by “The House of Lords” last month to specify that the individual councils shall have the right of opting out of changes in planning rules.

Lib Dem and Tory wanted to have the changing in bill, yet government wanted amendment to be rejected and instead it wanted compromise with the MPs.

Government von the vote by majority of twenty seven, i.e. 286 to 259 cotes.

Still, all the MPs could not be convinced by the promise of new approach by Mr Pickles.

Cheryl Gillan, a cabinet minister before said that she wouldn’t trust the statements by Mr Pickles till she sees the plan in black and white.

Richmond Park’s MP, Zac Goldsmith, criticized the plans orally and is among the sixteen Conservative MPs as well as the ten Liberal Democrats to vote against government.

He also said that the government needs to give greater clarity regarding its plans about reaching a compromise.

Stewart Jackson, a Conservative rebel said that it was very bad legislation that offends against the principle of localism, whereas another rebel Tory said that it was potentially going to be extremely divisive in communities. Though Heather Wheeler, a Conservative MP, insisted that the plans government is making will create jobs. She further said that they were desperately short of family-sized houses and that it was an opportunity to kick-start local economies.

For shadow communities, Labour and the local government, Hilary Benn, the secretary, said that Eric Pickles is trying to suggest this is about empowering people, but what he is trying to do is take away the rights of neighbours to object to developments that they think are going to affect their rights and their amenity. He also said that the scheme was centralist and wouldn’t give the boost to the economy that has been claimed.

He further added that he doesn’t think that the back gardens of England should be made the victims of the failure of the government’s economic policy.

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