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Scottish home improvements ‘to be made easier’

Home improvements in Scotland are to be made easier to complete, in news that could interest builders in Glasgow. The government is changing the current system from February 2012 and means planning permission will not be required for some projects.

Under the new plans, extensions, access ramps, sheds, garages and decking can now all be added without applying for consent.Planning minister Aileen Campbell said the scheme not only saves householders money, it also means they can focus on enhancing their property.

“These changes, introduced following thorough consultation, strike the right balance between cutting red tape to help householders and safeguarding the amenity of an area,” Mrs Campbell stated. It is expected up to 4,000 applications will be cut from the planning system as a result of the move.

Recent figures from the Bank of Scotland revealed that property prices in rural parts of the country have doubled in the past ten years.

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