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"The construction industry is having a miserable time. We want to support them.”

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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.