Politics 16 October 2012 "The construction industry is having a miserable time. We want to support them.” Business quote of the day. Print HTML The construction industry is having a miserable time. We want to support them. Minister Nick Boles tells Parliament the temporary relaxation of planning laws might be extended to try and boost a construction sector in the doldrums. “We want to encourage people to do these extensions in the next three years”, he said. Changes to allow extensions to be built without planning permission is hoped to stimulate demand in the building industry, but has been attacked by the opposition and various local councils. › The 1% should recognise a big fortune is usually built on good fortune Sad builders. Photograph: Getty Images Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia Subscribe More Related articles An unmatched font of knowledge Leader: On capitalism and insecurity Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?