Planning reform rebellion

The Government appeared to fail in its attempts to appease Conservative MPs over plans to relax the rules on home extensions, with its Commons majority being cut to 27.

MPs rebel on Government planning permission reforms

16 Tory and MPs and 8 Liberal Democrats rebelled against the Government's plans to change planning permission laws in the House of Commons this evening.

Efforts to appease Tory MPs angry at the plans appeared to fall flat, and the Government saw its Commons majority cut to just 27.

Tory MP: Planning reforms a 'recipe for community disharmony'

Under the proposals drawn up by the Government, home-owners with detached houses will be able to build a single-storey extension of up to 26ft without the need for planning permission.

Home-owners with any other house will be able to extend to 19ft .

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Planning reforms a 'recipe for community disharmony'

A Conservative MP leading the rebellion against the coalition's planning reforms, which will be voted on tonight, has called the proposed changes a "recipe for community disharmony."

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith poses for a photograph in Westminster Hall. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Zac Goldsmith said easing rules on home extensions was an "odd" policy which undermined democracy.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "It will guarantee disputes between neighbours, I don't think anyone doubts that. It will be very unpopular and there is no evidence, as far as I can see, that it is going to solve any problems at all.

"It seems like very bad, clumsy politics."