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Government has introduced new laws into parliament to kickstart homes delivered through Permitted Development Rights.
Permitted Development Rights relate to housing that can be created from old commercial and retail properties without full planning permission.
Opposition to the plans say this leads to a reduction in homes that meet space standards, amongst other issues.
But government say the laws will "revitalise" the high street and "reduce pressure to build on greenfield sites".
The plans were originally in Boris Johnson's Build, Build, Build speech.
Homeowners will also be able to add up to two additional storeys to their home through a fast track approval process, with a "requirement to carefully consider the impact on neighbours and the appearance of the extension".
Government also say it is due to reform England's "seven-decade old planning system" in a bid to deliver more homes.
It says this will cut out "bureaucracy to get Britain building".
Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said: "We are reforming the planning system and cutting out unnecessary bureaucracy to give small business owners the freedom they need to adapt and evolve, and to renew our town centres with new enterprises and more housing.
"These changes will help transform boarded up, unused buildings safely into high quality homes at the heart of their communities. It will mean that families can add up to 2 storeys to their home, providing much needed additional space for children or elderly relatives as their household grows."
Pubs, libraries, village shops and other buildings essential to communities will not be covered.