PLANNING restrictions on home extensions are to be relaxed for another five years under Tory plans to help families stuck on the housing ladder to improve not move.

Rocketing house prices have led to a rise in the number of extensions being built because owners cannot afford to trade up.

The Coalition relaxed the rules in 2012 for three years to let people build extensions of up to eight metres without full planning permission as long as their neighbours don’t object.

This will now continue until 2020.

Party chairman Grant Shapps said: “We want common sense to prevail on home extensions so families aren’t crushed by expensive red tape.”