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Drawing Plans For An Extension Yourself

If you are looking to increase space in your home an extension can be a great way to increase space in your home. With an extension, you can extend your kitchen, create a playroom or an extra bedroom for an ever-growing family. By extending your home the possibilities are endless, many expansions don’t require building regulations approval or planning permission if they fall under your ‘Permitted Development’ rights. However, in order to carry an extension out an architectural drawing will be needed for your new extensions.

Do I Need Architect Drawings For An Extension?

Whether you need an architect or not it is completely dependent on the type of project you are wanting to carry out and your own level of experience. However, you might be surprised at how useful hiring an architect might be.

Did you know that architects are experts in utilising space for your home? Our team can spot any hidden potential, with our expert knowledge we can guide you through the ins and outs of dealing with your local authority. If your project involves creating a new space that could affect the exterior of your property, if you are looking to create any of the following it’s best to get an architect on board to help with the design and planning process, as well as project management support:

● Rear extension
● Side extension
● Wraparound
● Two-storey extension
● Single storey extension
● Loft conversion
● Garage conversion
● Basement conversion
● Annex/granny flat
● Kitchen extensions

Why Do I Need Plans?

Whether your changes fall into Permitted Development or they fall into the requirement for full householder planning permission, having detailed plans is an essential requirement. These plans form an integral part of your planning / permitted development application. Not only are they important for this part of the process, but plans (extension drawings) also help to visualise the ideas that you have for your extension and what you want it to look like.

They are an awesome way of allowing others to see how you visualise your new home. They also allow you to show your builders exactly what it is that you hope to achieve with your build.

Will I Need Planning Permission?

Not all extensions need planning permission, you may find that you can build your extra space under permitted development which means you won’t have to go down the formal planning route. It’s important to know that if your house is in a Conservation Area or a National Park, the amount of work under Permitted Development is usually reduced.

  • Should you wish to carry out any of the following on your property;
  • A detached property by 8m to the rear
  • A single storey 6m for a semi or terrace, 3m if it’s double
  • A single-storey extension can’t be higher than 4m
  • Two-storey extensions must not be closer than 7m to the rear boundary
  • Side extensions can only be single-storey with a maximum height of 4m and a width no more than half of the original building
  • Any new extension must be built in the same or similar material to the existing dwelling
  • Extensions must not go forward of the building line of the original dwelling
  • In designated areas (such as areas of outstanding natural beauty, conservation areas, etc), side extensions require planning permission and all rear extensions must be single storey
  • An extension must not result in more than half the garden being covered

Do I Need a Lawful Development Certificate to Extend?

Even if your extension project can be done under PD rights, it’s worth applying for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) from your local authority to confirm that the work was lawful and met PD requirements and didn’t need planning permission. This is well worth doing if you plan to move, too.

How Much Does It Cost To Draw Up Plans For An Extension?

When it comes to our costing we are the most competitive for our extension cost planning. We know that drawings have to be a certain standard to be accepted by the council and building control officer, you can’t cheat the system, and we certainly wouldn’t be where we are by cutting corners.

Our service is streamlined to provide you with only that which is necessary, we will give you the finished price before you appoint our service and we only charge you for your drawings.

We are much cheaper than architects, as our process is more complex and not always necessary. Whereas architects charge for their time spent on each project, a lot of this time is spent on, on-site visits, drafting and meetings.

When you appoint us for your drawing plans, you provide us with the measurements, as we don’t have to charge for site visits and can start work on your plans immediately.

Need Extension Drawings? Contact Extension Plans UK

If you are in search of guidance on drawing plans for an extension yourself or looking for someone to draw your extension plans, there really is no need to look anywhere else, be sure to make Extension Plans UK your first and only port of call. We have a number of years in the planning industry and are on hand to provide professional advice and online drawing services to clients across the UK.

No matter how big or small your project is, you can rest assured that our dedicated team is on hand to assist and complete work to a high standard. So when you are in need of drawing plans for an extension be sure to call the experts.

Where do I start with planning a single storey extension? How much should I be paying for architects plans?

I live in an average sized semi detatched house. I am planning a small single storey extension at the side of my house (approx 10m square) to extend my kitchen. I have done some research on the internet and looked at previous questions on here, but it’s actually thrown up as many questions as it has answered!!

I’m not sure where to start as I don’t know exactly what I want (just a kitchen extension or a smaller kitchen extention and separate utility room?) I don’t know whether to get some building quotes first for a rough estimate or get plans drawn up first (will architects actually give me advice on what to have done or do I need to tell them exactly what I require?)

Also, I’m unsure if I need planning permission because although the extension is only small it will be going right up to my garden boundary. Do architects advise on this? (I don’t want to pay for plans only to find I can’t build what I want to).

On that subject, roughly how much would plans cost from an architect? (also, I’ve read on other websites that you can use a technician instead of an architect to produce plans. What is the difference?)

I understand the concept of planning permission, but I also keep reading about planning notices, certificate of lawfulness and building regulation fees. What are these and do I need them, or are they covered by planning permission if I get that?

Roughly how long will all this take, and how long to build the extension itself? (I am looking ahead to how much time I will need to take off work to be at home whilst the building work is carried out)

Sorry there are so many questions, but any advice on any of my questions would be appreciated. I will be looking for quotes from tradespeople on this website once I am ready to go ahead with this work (hopefully this April/May/June time)

Thanks very much, Janice


8 Answers from MyBuilder Extension Builders

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Phoenix Construction & PM Services

Banbury • Member since 30 Jan 2012 •

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It can be a little daunting but selecting and using the right team of people will make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Firstly I would advise that from your first initial meeting with your architect to getting started on site should take no more than 8 weeks providing there are no unforeseen issues, party wall agreements etc. The build time, again, providing there are no unforeseen problems such as drain runs in your footings etc should be approximately 12 weeks.

A simple rule of thumb to work out a very rough estimate for the build cost is to take the floor area of your extension (width x length) and multiply by £1300.00

Costs for plans from an architect will differ dependant on the architect, an architectural technician will prove to be cheaper than a bonafide architect but the service you get and the quality of the plans will be compromised. Not many builders (and I include myself in this) would be overly confident in providing you with a fixed price for the work if there is insufficient information on the drawing. I have tried time and again to explain to potential customers that a little extra spent in the early stages will save money in the long run.

Building regulations is a separate entity to planning, irrespective of whether or not you need planning you will need Building Regs approval, you will have to pay for this and it essentially involves a building control officer coming out to site at various stages to approve the work, I think the cost varies from council to council but for something simple like a single storey extension it shouldn’t be particularly expensive.

Planning permission is a grey area, it always used to be that if the proposed extension was below a certain area then you wouldn’t need planning permission but as things change all the time a call to your council is the only way to be sure.

Best of luck.

Justin Upton


Answered 30th Jan 2012

Ambassador Building and Construction

Closed • Member since 25 Nov 2011 •

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Hello Janice,

I am pretty sure that you are even more confused than before having read all of the advice notes youve had.

The answer is simple!!!

Go to your local planning department or call them, then look on the planning portal for your local planning department and download the Provisional Development Enquiry Form.

Do a generic drawing and include design and size details and take it to the planning department.

This enquiry will cost nothing but some councils charge an £18 admin fee

You receive an answer 5 – 7 days later with directives as to what the next step is

Hope this helps

Kindest Regards


Ambassador Building and Construction


Answered 13th Mar 2012

GJC Carpentry

Bristol • Member since 23 Jan 2012 •

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phew !!! lol where to begin. ….. ummm . basically planning wont be needed as its under 25m2 could have issue with party wall act if your planning to build close to your neighbour’s boundry wall, if thats the case full plans and a solicitor will need to be involved ! I don’t know where you live but i offer free advice so get in touch with local builder he should offer same . regards plans if its basic extension the last 4 i’ve done i did drawings myself that more than kept building inspector happy ! Regards how long it will take appox 2-3 weeks so talk to ur builder first as long as he’s got access to water an power shud’nt need you to be there much ! how this helps !!!!!!!!




Answered 30th Jan 2012


Slough • Member since 7 Jun 2008 •

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probably do it under permitted development ,on a job this size no point paying for an architect ,get a decent structural engineer to do calcs and submit basic floor plan of your requirements ,THEN get a builder round to quote,it is not fair practice to get builders round before you have these details as he will just have to come back again when you do have them as he needs these and a detailed scope of works required to give you an accurate quotation


Answered 30th Jan 2012

DTK Building

Welling • Member since 14 Aug 2012 •

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Hi log on to you local council planing site for lots of info, if you were to use us we would offer the services of an Architect who would advise details. Costs for drawings start at £400.


Answered 15th Aug 2012

A & K Architectural Services

St Stephen • Member since 12 Nov 2013 •

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egardless of size, A & K Architectural Services work hard to gain a strong understanding into the development you wish to pursue and then advise how to achieve your vision in a cost effective manor that meets all of the discussed objectives.

Our designs are carefully considered around your needs and we believe that a strong company client relationship makes for a successful and fulfilling planning application, therefore we are always very open to your thoughts and always keep our initial drawings open to adjustment.

Once a design is agreed upon we will then manage the project on your behalf, keeping you fully informed of progress at regular intervals.

We believe the planning stage of your development is the most critical and in the long run the creation of comprehensive plans will save you from frustrations and extra costs in the building stage.


Answered 8th Nov 2017

LK Architecture

Runcorn • Member since 26 Oct 2017 •

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Lots of answers to your questions here and many of them provide a good point of view. To clear any issues you have the best idea is to arrange a free phone call for advice from an architect who would be willing to come out and see you to discuss ideas and provide you with guidance from design through to build. Thanks and good luck


Answered 10th Mar 2018

Joseph Trademan

London And Cambridge. • Member since 6 Jan 2021 •
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You pose a lot of questions. When you are this worried get yourself on the phone to a nice person at the council and fill yourself up with knowledge and the laws. I was surprised to read that you were going to use an architect, but in the long run you’d be doing yourself a favour. Alternatively an engineer can do this for you too. Not all building companies understand the laws here, so I’d choose wisely.

You shouldn’t need to be on site all the time. But you may want to secure you’re stuff none the less!!

Best of luck, it’s a big job but if you get a hard working team, who’s organised you’ll have it done in no time.

Utilities have to be considered though. Where are your mains pipes, gas etc. An engineer is able to help with all of this, before you spend out on big fees!! You can get drawings from a building registration site. All purchases and leases when registered have plans you can access.


Answered 10th Jan 2021

Home Extension: Where Do I Start?

Extending your home is a popular way to increase space and add value to your property. With the hassle and costs of moving house – from legal fees to stamp duty – the reasons to stay put and improve your existing home soon mount up. But where do you start with your extension plans?

Whether you’re thinking of a garage conversion, side extension, double or single storey rear extension, there is much to consider as you embark on a home extension improvement project. To help get you started, we take it from the top with pointers on planning rules, building regulations, dealing with the neighbours and finding a builder.  

What to consider before you start your extension


your extension plans add value?

As with any big home improvement project, it’s worth sense-checking your home extension plans before you dive in. Unless money is no object, it’s worth speaking to a good local estate agent who can give a view on whether your plan would add value to your home. They should also be able to give you an indication of how much it would increase the value by, which may help inform your budgeting for the project. Our guide to home renovation costs can also help with budgeting.

Permitted development and planning permission

You can undertake some extension projects without the need for planning permission, referred to as your “permitted development rights”.

Under the rules, a rear wall of a detached home can be extended by 8m to the rear if it is a single storey property, and 3m if it is double storey. This is reduced to 6m in a semi or terraced house.

There are also height restrictions. A single storey extension cannot be higher than 4m to the ridge and the eaves. Ridge heights of any extension must not be higher than the existing property. Double storey extensions mustn’t be closer than 7m to the rear boundary.

There are other conditions that must be met. For example, if the extension is more than half the area of land around the original house, you will need planning permission. Extensions must be built with similar materials to the existing property.

Different planning rules may also apply if your home is in a Conservation Area. For any renovations to a Listed Property, you will need to obtain listed building consent.

Sometimes difficulties arise getting planning permission.  See our guide on what to do when a planning application is refused.

Problems getting planning permission? Find a local Planning Consultant to help you.

Building regulations

Regardless of whether or not planning permission is required, any renovation project must comply with building regulations. You’ll need to ensure whoever carries out the work can either self-certify the work (for example, FENSA accredited window fitters, Gas Safe registered gas engineers and NICEIC registered electricians and so on) or will liaise with the local Building Control Officers at your council to have their work certified. If the requirements aren’t met, you could be served with a notice to take the extension down and will have trouble when it comes to selling your home without the relevant Building Regulations certificates.

Your home insurance cover

Before starting the project it’s important that you contact your home and contents insurance provider to let them know of your plans. The extension will likely increase the rebuild cost of your house. Insurers take this into account when pricing premiums. While building work is being undertaken, it could put the property at risk of damage. If you don’t let your insurer know and there’s a problem with the property at some point, you may find your policy is void. Your insurer will let you know if your current policy will cover the new extension. You may find your premiums increase. If for some reason they are unable to cover the property now, you’ll need to find a new provider before your cover is cancelled.

You should also check that any builder working on your property has professional indemnity insurance to cover the costs should something go wrong.


If you own the leasehold – rather than freehold – to your property, you’ll want to check the details of your lease to ensure you have the right to make alterations, usually subject to approval from the freeholder. Get in touch sooner rather than later with your freeholder about your plans, as there may be additional costs involved to obtain their approval and sign-off.  See when to approach your freeholder about your extension plans. 

Your neighbours

Building projects can be a major cause of disputes between neighbours. If planning permission is required, your neighbours will be consulted by the local planning authority, but it’s a good idea to let them know about your plans well in advance, particularly if the works may cause disruption.

Party Wall Agreement

A party wall is the shared wall, usually between a terrace or semi-detached house, and divides the homes of two separate owners. It also includes garden walls built over a boundary and excavations close to a neighbour’s property (within three or six meters, depending on the depth of the new foundations).

Party Wall Agreements between neighbours are most commonly needed for loft conversions and extensions which require the insertion of steel supports, a damp proof course and/or digging of new foundations.

Read our guide about your responsibilities under the Party Wall Act and let us help you find a local party wall surveyor

Designing an extension

Finding an architect

Depending on the scale of the project, you may wish to involve an architect. There’s no law saying you need to use an architect, even for large renovations and builds, but some people find it easier to have a professional draw up the designs. Using an architect will generally mean you’ll get a better end result. However architect fees are usually around 15%, so you’ll need to factor this into your budget.

Read our guide on appointing an architect and search architects in your area with our Find an Architect service

How to brief an architect 

When you start working with your architect, it’s important you give as much detail as possible on what you want from the project, your timings, how and when you intend to pay them and what penalties will be in place if deadlines are missed. The architect will then send you a detailed appointment letter along with a contract to sign.

Obtaining structural engineer calculations

If your extension requires any structural changes to your home, you may need a structural engineer.  A structural engineer can provide technical drawings and calculations which can be used to seek Building Regulation approval and will then be used by your building contractor and/or architect during the renovation work.

Find a structural engineer near you today

Choosing a builder

How to find trusted tradespeople

The key to any successful home improvement project are professional, reliable trusted tradespeople. Online review sites are a good place to start when comparing builders and other contractors. We’ve partnered with Checkatrade because of their vetting and review service.

Find and compare rated local builders to undertake your extension now

Home extension costs

The cost of a home extension will depend on the size of the extension, the structural work involved (will you need steels) and where you are undertaking the project. As a rough guide, the average 4m x 6m extension costs £26,000 to £34,000, according to MyBuilder.

Bear in mind the cost of a two story extension is not that different to a single story structure as most of the cost is in the foundations.

Getting quotes

Whenever you are undertaking a renovation project, it’s always a good idea to shop around. We recommend getting quotes from three different contractors for the work. You’ll usually need to ask at least five firms to get three quotes. Find out how to invite contractors to tender for the work

Setting a budget

When setting a budget for your job, start by making a list of everything you would like included. Compare your quotes item by item and when pricing services and materials always check the VAT is included. Read our guide to home renovation costs for an idea of what you may need to pay.

We’d also recommend setting aside around 10% of the total cost for unexpected additional costs.

You will also need to work out the best way of funding the cost of your home improvement project. Remortgaging or a home improvement loan? Read our guide on options for financing your home improvement project

House extension drawings: what types of designs and plans do you need?

By Heather · 07 Mar ’22

4 min read

While the idea of decorating your new extension might be exciting, there are a couple of vital steps you must take before arriving at that point. One of those vital steps is the drawing and design stage.

Getting the planning and design process right is an absolute necessity for your dream extension to become a reality. To achieve this you’ll need the proper architectural drawings and knowledge and the right guidance from skilled professionals.

In this blog post, we’ll be breaking down the different types of house extension designs and plans, their importance, costs, and every other thing you need to know about home extension design drawings.

But before we proceed… get your free Resi quote here.

Several types of drawings are employed in designing and constructing buildings. They include…

  • Existing drawings
  • Design floor plans
  • Elevations
  • Structural drawings
  • Electrical drawings
  • Plumbing and sanitary drawings

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Existing drawings

Existing drawings are architectural drawings showing the features of your house at the moment. They give you an idea of how the rooms and other spaces in your house correlate, and will go on to inform the rest of your project.

Design floor plans

Design floor plans are drawings that show the essential features and functions of the various parts of a building used in the construction, modification, demolition, or usage of the building.


Elevations are two-dimensional drawings of the exterior (or sometimes the interior) of a building’s face. They show the four directional views (north, south, east, and west angles).

Structural drawings

Structural drawings are building drawings containing details like the building materials and the size/placement of any reinforcements. They’re majorly concerned with the load-carrying members of your building.

Electrical drawings

Electrical drawings are technical drawings that provide the visual representation and information of a building’s electrical system or circuit. They help electricians in the installation of electrical systems.

Plumbing and sanitary drawings

Plumbing and sanitary drawings are a type of technical drawing which show the system of piping freshwater into the building and discharging both solid and liquid waste out of the building. Plumbing plans mainly consist of water supply systems, drainage system drawings, irrigation system drawings, and stormwater system drawings.

There are several reasons why you need plans and designs. Some of these reasons are:

They aid the success of a project

The design process is critical to the success of a project. It is the first step to getting the best out of any project. A good design plan will save your time and also prevent unexpected costs.

They are necessary for planning permission

In a situation where you need to apply for full planning permission, you’ll need to submit your plans and designs alongside other documents for approval. Extensions that do not require planning permission are classified under permitted development. When building under permitted development, we still advise that you get a lawful development certificate as proof that you had the legal right to build at that time.

Some are legally required

Whether you choose to go for a full building regulations package or leave it up to your contractor, you’ll still need to get a structural engineer in to provide their calculations.

How long does it take to get plans and drawings?

The time it takes to get an extension plan varies based on the size of the project, the architects’ availability and whether or not you have the existing drawings to your property.

Still, most residence designs take about 2 – 5 weeks to come together. This is about the time it takes for the architect and other building consultants to perfect your building’s drawing.

How much do extension drawings and plans cost?

Typically, traditional architectural services vary between 5% to 15% of the construction cost depending on whether or not the architect will be involved in project management as well.

Nevertheless, the actual price does vary from one service provider to another depending on…

  • The size of your project
  • Its complexity
  • Location (London is usually more expensive)
  • Service provider’s experience
  • Architect’s prestige or personal brand

Generally, architects tend to be more expensive than architectural designers or architectural technicians. Also, an architect who has won some sort of prestigious award or has some level of fame attached to his name will have higher fees.

Besides an architect, contracting other tradespeople such as…

  • Structural engineers fees £500 to £1,000
  • Surveyor’s fees £500 to £1,500

Resi’s architectural fees start at 4% of construction. We have a host of expert architects on our team with a proven track record of helping homeowners bring their extensions to life. We also offer planning services, financing solutions, a building regulations package, measured surveys and tradespeople recommendations.

Do I need an architect for my plans and drawing?

Although not a legal requirement, we highly recommend contacting an architect for your home extension. Involving an architect in your extension design will…

  • Help you arrive at a better design, one that maximises your available space
  • Add more value to your home
  • Increase your chances of planning success
  • Offer you expert guidance

When do I submit my extension plans and drawings to my local council?

You’ll need to submit your extension plans to your local council, during the planning process. This is true whether you’re using a full planning application or applying for a lawful development certificate. The planning process should be begin before any construction work takes place.

Likewise, before your builder gets to site, you should also commission your structural drawings. At Resi, we always recommend you take this process one step further by opting for a full building regulations package. This will not only include structural calculations, but all the other technical details a contractor will need to comply with building regulations on site. By not having these highly detailed drawings to hand, you’ll essentially be relying on your contractor to fill in the blanks – and this is a risky position to be.

With a building regulations package, you can either submit your drawings to your local building control directly, or hire an approved inspector to manage the process and perform the inspections themselves. Again, this will need to be done before construction begins.

2D drawing

2D architectural drawings are basic and flat representations of a building’s layout. They do not have perspective but show technical information and measurements of the spaces. 2D drawings provide length and height information without showing depth. A 2D drawing sometimes goes in hand with a 3D architectural drawing.

3D drawing

A 3D architectural plan has perspective, describing buildings in terms of height, width, and depth. It is the most appealing way of selling a project because it helps understand the plan. You will need a 3D plan to help you envision your future construction.

Examples of extension drawing and plans

Below are is the floorplans, elevations, and 3D rendering of a ground floor wraparound extension in Basingstoke and Deane, designed by Resi in 2021.

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Hello dream home! By building an extension on a house, even by a few metres, you can truly make it your own and get the space you have working harder to support your lifestyle. We expect so much more from our properties now, preferring to cook and eat together, entertain, work and exercise at home.

Get your property transformation off to a good start – look at our project planning channel

A well-executed extension can pay for itself by adding value, too. The good news is that, thanks to Permitted Development rights, you can add space without getting caught up in red tape with your Local Planning Authority.

Building an extension on a house – where to start

(Image credit: Future PLC \Chris Snook)

The definitive guide to these is the Government’s Permitted Development Rights for Householders: Technical Guidance . A prize to anyone who can stay awake to the end! The detail does vary slightly in Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland

However, we appreciate you might want a more top-line guide, and that’s where we come in. These are the answers to your big questions…

Related: Extension ideas for small houses to maximise limited living space

What size extension can I build without planning permission?

This depends on how big your plot is and what’s already on it. You can build an extension under ‘permitted development’ rules as long as it doesn’t exceed 50% of the area of land your house sits on. That 50% excludes the area covered by the house itself, but does include any existing additions and outbuildings.

There are other restrictions, too, all relative to your existing building…

At the back of your house, you can add a single-storey extension under Permitted Development, as long as it…

  • Doesn’t exceed 4m from the original back wall (3m if it is not detached)
  • Is less than 4m in height. 
  • In Northern Ireland, a single storey rear extension should be within 3.5m of the rear boundary if the house backs onto a road.

If you’re attaching this to an existing extension, these measurements must incorporate both the old and new additions.

You can push it out to 6m (not detached) or 8m (detached), without having to get planning permission, via the Neighbour Consultation Scheme . This gives your neighbours 21 days to object, giving valid reasons. After that, your Local Planning Authority has another 21 days to grant approval and you pay a fee for a Lawful Development Certificate – proof that your Permitted Development project is legal.

(Image credit: Future PLC)

Related: George Clarke’s extension planning advice – including his brilliant tips for sticking to a budget

2. Two-storey rear extension planning rules

You can build a two storey rear extension without planning permission, but it…

  • Can’t go more than 3m beyond the rear wall 
  • Must be within 7m from the boundary of your plot that’s directly opposite that wall (10m in Scotland and 10.5m in Wales).
  • Has to be less than 4m high. 

If you want to add a storey to an existing single-storey extension, this won’t be possible under Permitted Development Rights if the existing addition extends beyond the rear wall by more than 3m.

3. Side extension planning rules

You can build a side extension without planning permission, but only if it is…

  • Single storey and less than 4m in height 
  • No more than half the width of the original house (at its widest point).

If it will be attached to an existing extension, the measurements above apply to both together as one enlargement.

If you want your side extension to poke out beyond the rear wall (but not be attached to it), it is subject to the same rules as rear extensions in terms of how far it sticks out.

There are different rules about on side extensions in Wales – for example, two-storey structures are possible under Permitted Development.

(Image credit: Future PLC)

Related: Kitchen extension ideas – to maximise the potential of your extended space

4. Rear-plus-side extension planning rules

Tread carefully in cases where both the rear and side wall will be pushed out, as the restrictions on both rear and side extensions apply here – and it can get complicated! Your extension must…

  • Extend no more than 6m beyond the rear wall (or 8m for a detached house).
  • Be one storey, not more than 4m high.
  • Have a total width that’s not more than half the width of the house.

This makes ‘infill’ extensions, where you’re filling a space between the rear and side wall to square off the footprint, doable under permitted development. Two separate extensions are also possible but connected, wraparound designs will exceed the width restriction and require planning permission (unless you’re in Wales, where the ‘half the width’ rule does not exist).

(Image credit: Future PLC)

Related: Glass extension ideas – create light-filled glazed spaces to enlarge and enhance any home

5. Height limit planning rules

The height of the extension must not exceed the height of the highest roof ridge line (or flat roof) of the existing house. 

The eaves (where the lowest part of the roof meets the exterior wall) must not be higher than

6. Boundary restriction planning rules

If the extension will come within 2m of your boundary, its eaves can’t be higher than 3m. Plus, if you’re attaching an extension to an existing one which exceeds those limitations, Permitted Development doesn’t apply.

Can I extend the front of my house?

If the front faces a road, then no, not under Permitted Development rules. You’d have to apply for planning permission. In cases where your house sits on a corner plot where the side wall faces the road, this cannot be extended under permitted development either.

If you’re desperate for any extra space at the front you can possibly gain, you could add a porch to an external door (max 3sq m) as long as it’s no higher than 3m and further than 2m away from the boundary with the road.

(Image credit: Future)

Related: Extension ideas for bungalows – from dormer loft conversions to elegant conservatories

What is the ’45-degree’ rule?

This relates to the definition whether your house fronts onto a road or not, in cases where it’s not clear. If the angle between the elevation of the house and the road is more than 45 degrees, it will not normally be considered as fronting the highway. The same is true if there’s a substantial distance between the house and the road, or if there’s a tract of land owned by someone else between your boundary and the road.

Do all properties have Permitted Development Rights?

No. Before you get over-excited and book a builder, the Permitted Development route is a non-starter if…

  • You live in a flat or maisonette. Permitted Development only covers houses. 
  • Your property is listed, or is located in a National Park, the Broads, an Area of Natural Beauty or a World Heritage Site.
  • Your LPA has issued an Article 4 direction. This withdraws PD rights where the character of an area would be threatened.
  • Your property has been granted ‘change of use’ to a dwelling.

There are also special rules for land classified as being of special scientific interest.

I need planning permission, so where do I start?

Most applications take up to eight weeks, unless they are unusually large or complex, in which case the time limit is extended to 13 weeks. If permission is refused, you can appeal but this process can take several months, so you’re better off tweaking your plans to reach an agreement.

If your project – or your property – is anything out of the ordinary, it’s worth hiring a planning consultant to navigate the permission minefield for you and expedite reaching an agreement to keep your project on track. Just make sure the consultant you engage is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute .

If you carry on without planning permission, you could be served with an enforcement notice that orders you to undo all the work you have done. It’s illegal to ignore this, but you can appeal against it.

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Do I need my neighbours’ permission for an extension?

Not exactly. If you require planning permission, the local authority will consult your neighbours as part of the process. If your neighbours object, the authority will determine the impact on them of your proposals and decide if it is acceptable or not.

It’s best to have broken the news to your neighbours before this stage. You can save time and hassle by ascertaining what their views are and possibly tweaking your plans before you even submit them for planning permission to sidestep objections at the consultation stage. 

Also, it’s possible that your builders might need to go onto their property during the project and you’ll need your neighbours’ consent for that, so keep them on side.

There’s also the Party Wall Act to consider – even if your project falls under Permitted Development. If your plans will involve building against or excavating within 3-6m of a party wall you share with a neighbour, you might have to give them two months notice. They have 14 days to either give or refuse consent. A party wall is one that forms the structure of both your properties, but could also be a garden wall that divides your plots.

Can my neighbour stop or object to my extension being built under Permitted Development Rights?

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No, but it’s in your interests to maintain a good relationship with them, so it’s worth taking their views into account when planning your new extension.

If you’re going down the Neighbour Consultation Scheme route for a larger extension under Permitted Development, your neighbours do have the opportunity to present valid objections.

Related: See how an extension transformed this family home in Bristol

Can I build an extension myself?

Yes. If you have the time, muscle and a talent for DIY, it’s a way to cut costs and could be straightforward enough for an amateur if it’s a simple design. 

Chris Thompson, who built his own two-storey extension , says, ‘Being honest about one’s technical and endurance abilities is important.’ 

By doing it himself, his project cost 20% of the builder’s quote he got at the start. However, he warns, ‘Don’t do it if your sole motivation is money. It’s a big project and if you lose enthusiasm it will come unstuck. You’ll be yet another DIYer with a half-finished project. A desire to accept a challenge and an excitement to do it is what keeps you going when it’s cold and things are taking longer than you hoped.

You will be responsible for making sure that the work complies with building regulations (even if your project is covered by Permitted Development Rights). You will also need to do your research on the best materials for the job, which is more technical than you might think.

For example, roof tiles differ to suit different roof pitches. Contacting manufacturers and reading the literature they send you will take time in addition to the hours you spend labouring.

You could always take a pick-and-mix approach by doing the unskilled jobs yourself, like clearing the site and digging down for the footings, before handing over to the professionals to tackle the drainage and build.

Chris took a flexible approach to tackling his build: ‘I did wonder if my brickwork would be up to scratch. I rationalised that I should give it a go and if it looked rubbish the next day it would easily come down again before the cement hardened. If I really had to, I could pay a brickie to do that part instead.

If you decide to leave it to the pros, the Federation of Master Builders is the best place to start in finding a builder. They’re professionally vetted and come with the benefit of a free dispute resolution service, should things fall apart.


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Do I have to hire an architect?

Chris, who designed and built his own two-storey extension, says, ‘It is de rigueur, but there’s no reason to use one if you can do the plans yourself.’

To start with, you have to know what you want and it has to be simple in its style and planning requirements. You should be able to see plans from recent local planning applications on your council’s website, which will give you ideas and potentially a template to follow. 

You will also need to create highly detailed technical drawings for your builder to follow and submit for building regulations approval. This involves mathematical calculations showing the structural integrity of your proposed extension. As well as considerations around fire safety, energy efficiency, damp proofing and ventilation. 

‘These drawings are more demanding,’ says Chris, who did this himself. ‘But all the building regulations are available online. It’s not rocket science, but does take a certain amount of application and understanding.’

If you have the time, you could also cover an architect’s project-management duties yourself, too.This would mean liaising with the LPA, hiring builders, supplying materials and problem-solving during the work.

The middle ground would be to DIY the plans but get them checked by a structural engineer. You can use an online plan drawing service, or to use a building firm that offers a ‘design and build’ service.

Approach the ‘design’ part of this in the same way that you would when hiring an architect and check that it is covered by professional indemnity insurance. This protects you in the case of errors. Ask to see examples of work and get references from previous clients.

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Related: Before and After: smart extension turns a narrow kitchen into a cool contemporary family space

What are the stages of building an extension?

1. Prep the area

Start by sorting out adequate access to the site and protecting spaces that are going to be lived in during the project and setting up alternative kitchen/bathroom arrangements if necessary.

2. Start the groundworks

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Next, demolish any unwanted structures and clear the site to be built on. Assign and clear spaces that are to be used for the storage of materials or topsoil. Install gullies and/or soakaway to manage surface water.

3. Lay the foundations

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Dig out and marking out the footings. Lay and connect drains. Put in the damp proof course. Lay hardcore, sand, a damp proof membrane, insulation and concrete to form the base floor.

4. Start the build

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At this point, the walls can go up (usually breeze blocks with a brick outer skin, unless you’re opting for cladding or something more unusual). Window sills and lintels can be inserted as the walls rise. Upper floor joists should be fitted if there is to be more than one storey. 

5. Add the roof

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First, out in trusses and gable walls to form the frame. Add vents, felting and battens, then tile the whole thing. Add guttering, downpipes and flashing. 

6. Finish the shell

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Now you can fit window and door units, and reconfigure your existing interior space by breaking it through to the new part of the house.

7. Fit the interior

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In this last stage, you would lay floor insulation – along with any underfloor heating pipework, if it’s required. Pour a concrete screed to form a subfloor. Complete your electrics, plumbing and plastering. Finally, lay your flooring, fit cabinetry, carpentry and appliances, and decorate the space.

We hope our guide has given you the confidence to begin your project. Best of luck and we can’t wait to see your transformed space.

Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor; Start Printed Page 26352Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury.

Notification of relief; extension of timeframes.

This document announces the extension of certain timeframes under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code for group health plans, disability and other welfare plans, pension plans, and participants and beneficiaries of these plans during the COVID-19 National Emergency.

May 4, 2020.

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Department of Labor, Elizabeth Schumacher or David Sydlik, Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance, Employee Benefits Security Administration, at 202-693-8335, and Thomas Hindmarch, Office of Regulations and Interpretations, Employee Benefits Security Administration, at 202-693-8500; or William Fischer, Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations and Employment Taxes) at 202-317-5500.

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I. Purpose

On March 13, 2020, President Trump issued the Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak [1]
and by separate letter made a determination, under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq., that a national emergency exists nationwide beginning March 1, 2020, as the result of the COVID-19 outbreak (the National Emergency).[2]
As a result of that determination, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued emergency declarations for every state, territory, and possession of the United States.[3]

As a result of the National Emergency, participants and beneficiaries covered by group health plans, disability or other employee welfare benefit plans, and employee pension benefit plans may encounter problems in exercising their health coverage portability and continuation coverage rights, or in filing or perfecting their benefit claims. Recognizing the numerous challenges participants and beneficiaries already face as a result of the National Emergency, it is important that the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and Department of the Treasury (the Agencies) take steps to minimize the possibility of individuals losing benefits because of a failure to comply with certain pre-established timeframes. Similarly, the Agencies recognize that affected group health plans may have difficulty in complying with certain notice obligations.

Accordingly, under the authority of section 518 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and section 7508A(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code), the Agencies are extending certain timeframes otherwise applicable to group health plans, disability and other welfare plans, pension plans, and their participants and beneficiaries under ERISA and the Code.[4]

The Agencies believe that such relief is immediately needed to preserve and protect the benefits of participants and beneficiaries in all employee benefit plans across the United States during the National Emergency. Accordingly, the Agencies have determined, pursuant to section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A), (B) and 553(d), that there is good cause for granting the relief provided by this document effective immediately upon publication, and that notice and public participation may result in undue delay and, therefore, be contrary to the public interest. [5]

This document has been reviewed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which has advised the Agencies that HHS concurs with the relief specified in this document.[6]
HHS has advised the Agencies that HHS will exercise enforcement discretion to adopt a temporary policy of measured enforcement to extend similar timeframes otherwise applicable to non-Federal governmental group health plans and health insurance issuers offering coverage in connection with a group health plan, and their participants, beneficiaries and enrollees under applicable provisions of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act). HHS has advised the Agencies that HHS encourages plan sponsors of non-Federal governmental group health plans to provide relief similar to that specified in this document to participants and beneficiaries, and encourages states and health insurance issuers offering coverage in connection with a group health plan to enforce and operate, respectively, in a manner consistent with the relief provided in this document. HHS has also advised the Agencies that HHS will not consider a state to have failed to substantially enforce the applicable provisions of title XXVII of the PHS Act if the state takes such an approach.

The relief provided by this document supplements other COVID-19 guidance issued by the Agencies, which can be accessed on the internet at:​agencies/​ebsa/​employers-and-advisers/​plan-administration-and-compliance/​disaster-relief and​coronavirus.

II. Background

Title I of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) provides portability of health coverage by, among other things, Start Printed Page 26353requiring special enrollment rights into group health plans upon the loss of eligibility of coverage. ERISA section 701, Code section 9801, 29 CFR 2590.701-6, 26 CFR 54.9801-6. Title X of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) permits qualified beneficiaries who lose coverage under a group health plan to elect continuation health coverage. ERISA section 601, Code section 4980B, 26 CFR 54.4980B-1. Section 503 of ERISA and 29 CFR 2560.503-1 require employee benefit plans subject to Title I of ERISA to establish and maintain reasonable procedures governing the determination and appeal of claims for benefits under the plan. Section 2719 of the PHS Act, incorporated into ERISA by ERISA section 715, and into the Code by Code section 9815, imposes additional rights and obligations with respect to internal claims and appeals and external review for non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage. See also 29 CFR 2590.715-2719 and 26 CFR 54.9815-2719. All of the foregoing provisions include timing requirements for certain acts in connection with employee benefit plans, some of which are being modified by this document.

A. Special Enrollment Timeframes

In general, HIPAA requires a special enrollment period in certain circumstances, including when an employee or dependent loses eligibility for any group health plan or other health insurance coverage in which the employee or the employee’s dependents were previously enrolled (including coverage under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program), and when a person becomes a dependent of an eligible employee by birth, marriage, adoption, or placement for adoption. ERISA section 701(f), Code section 9801(f), 29 CFR 2590.701-6, and 26 CFR 54.9801-6. Generally, group health plans must allow such individuals to enroll in the group health plan if they are otherwise eligible and if enrollment is requested within 30 days of the occurrence of the event (or within 60 days, in the case of the special enrollment rights added by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009). ERISA section 701(f), Code section 9801(f), 29 CFR 2590.701-6, and 26 CFR 54.9801-6.

B. COBRA Timeframes

The COBRA continuation coverage provisions generally provide a qualified beneficiary a period of at least 60 days to elect COBRA continuation coverage under a group health plan. ERISA section 605 and Code section 4980B(f)(5). Plans are required to allow payment of premiums in monthly installments, and plans cannot require payment of premiums before 45 days after the day of the initial COBRA election. ERISA section 602(3) and Code section 4980B(f)(2)(C). COBRA continuation coverage may be terminated for failure to pay premiums timely. ERISA section 602(2)(C) and Code section 4980B(f)(2)(B)(iii). Under the COBRA rules, a premium is considered paid timely if it is made not later than 30 days after the first day of the period for which payment is being made. ERISA section 602(2)(C), Code section 4980B(f)(2)(B)(iii), and 26 CFR 54.4980B-8 Q&A-5(a). Notice requirements prescribe time periods for employers to notify the plan of certain qualifying events and for individuals to notify the plan of certain qualifying events or a determination of disability. Notice requirements also prescribe a time period for plans to notify qualified beneficiaries of their rights to elect COBRA continuation coverage. ERISA section 606, Code section 4980B(f)(6), and 29 CFR 2590.606-3.

C. Claims Procedure Timeframes

Section 503 of ERISA and 29 CFR 2560.503-1, as well as section 2719 of the PHS Act, incorporated into ERISA by ERISA section 715 and 29 CFR 2590. 715-2719, and into the Code by Code section 9815 and 26 CFR 54.9815-2719, require ERISA-covered employee benefit plans and non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage to establish and maintain a procedure governing the filing and initial disposition of benefit claims, and to provide claimants with a reasonable opportunity to appeal an adverse benefit determination to an appropriate named fiduciary. Plans may not have provisions that unduly inhibit or hamper the initiation or processing of claims for benefits. Further, group health plans and disability plans must provide claimants at least 180 days following receipt of an adverse benefit determination to appeal (60 days in the case of pension plans and other welfare benefit plans). 29 CFR 2560.503-1(h)(2)(i) and (h)(3)(i), 29 CFR 2590.715-2719(b)(2)(ii)(C), and 26 CFR 54.9815-2719(b)(2)(ii)(C).

D. External Review Process Timeframes

PHS Act section 2719, incorporated into ERISA by ERISA section 715 and into the Code by Code section 9815, sets out standards for external review that apply to non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage and provides for either a state external review process or a Federal external review process. Standards for external review processes and timeframes for submitting claims to the independent reviewer for group health plans or health insurance issuers may vary depending on whether a plan uses a State or Federal external review process. For plans or issuers that use the Federal external review process, the process must allow at least four months after the receipt of a notice of an adverse benefit determination or final internal adverse benefit determination for a request for an external review to be filed. 29 CFR 2590.715-2719(d)(2)(i) and 26 CFR 54.9815-2719(d)(2)(i). The Federal external review process also provides for a preliminary review of a request for external review. The regulation provides that if such request is not complete, the Federal external review process must provide for a notification that describes the information or materials needed to make the request complete, and the plan or issuer must allow a claimant to perfect the request for external review within the four-month filing period or within the 48-hour period following the receipt of the notification, whichever is later. 29 CFR 2590.715-2719(d)(2)(ii)(B) and 26 CFR 54.9815-2719(d)(2)(ii)(B).

III. Relief

A. Relief for Plan Participants, Beneficiaries, Qualified Beneficiaries, and Claimants

Subject to the statutory duration limitation in ERISA section 518 and Code section 7508A,[7]
all group health plans, disability and other employee welfare benefit plans, and employee pension benefit plans subject to ERISA or the Code must disregard the period from March 1, 2020 until sixty (60) days after the announced end of the National Emergency or such other date announced by the Agencies in a future notification (the “Outbreak Period”) [8]
for all plan participants, beneficiaries, qualified beneficiaries, or claimants wherever located in determining the following periods and dates—

(1) The 30-day period (or 60-day period, if applicable) to request special enrollment under ERISA section 701(f) and Code section 9801(f),Start Printed Page 26354

(2) The 60-day election period for COBRA continuation coverage under ERISA section 605 and Code section 4980B(f)(5),[9]

(3) The date for making COBRA premium payments pursuant to ERISA section 602(2)(C) and (3) and Code section 4980B(f)(2)(B)(iii) and (C),[10]

(4) The date for individuals to notify the plan of a qualifying event or determination of disability under ERISA section 606(a)(3) and Code section 4980B(f)(6)(C),

(5) The date within which individuals may file a benefit claim under the plan’s claims procedure pursuant to 29 CFR 2560. 503-1,

(6) The date within which claimants may file an appeal of an adverse benefit determination under the plan’s claims procedure pursuant to 29 CFR 2560.503-1(h),

(7) The date within which claimants may file a request for an external review after receipt of an adverse benefit determination or final internal adverse benefit determination pursuant to 29 CFR 2590.715-2719(d)(2)(i) and 26 CFR 54.9815-2719(d)(2)(i), and

(8) The date within which a claimant may file information to perfect a request for external review upon a finding that the request was not complete pursuant to 29 CFR 2590.715-2719(d)(2)(ii) and 26 CFR 54.9815-2719(d)(2)(ii).

B. Relief for Group Health Plans

With respect to group health plans, and their sponsors and administrators, the Outbreak Period shall be disregarded when determining the date for providing a COBRA election notice under ERISA section 606(c) and Code section 4980B(f)(6)(D).

C. Later Extensions

The Agencies will continue to monitor the effects of the Outbreak and may provide additional relief as warranted.

IV. Examples

The following examples illustrate the timeframe for extensions required by this document. An assumed end date for the National Emergency was needed to make the examples clear and understandable. Accordingly, the Examples assume that the National Emergency ends on April 30, 2020, with the Outbreak Period ending on June 29, 2020 (the 60th day after the end of the National Emergency). To the extent there are different Outbreak Period end dates for different parts of the country, the Agencies will issue additional guidance regarding the application of the relief in this document.

Example 1 (Electing COBRA). (i) Facts. Individual A works for Employer X and participates in X’s group health plan. Due to the National Emergency, Individual A experiences a qualifying event for COBRA purposes as a result of a reduction of hours below the hours necessary to meet the group health plan’s eligibility requirements and has no other coverage. Individual A is provided a COBRA election notice on April 1, 2020. What is the deadline for A to elect COBRA?

(ii) Conclusion. In Example 1, Individual A is eligible to elect COBRA coverage under Employer X’s plan. The Outbreak Period is disregarded for purposes of determining Individual A’s COBRA election period. The last day of Individual A’s COBRA election period is 60 days after June 29, 2020, which is August 28, 2020.

Example 2 (Special enrollment period). (i) Facts. Individual B is eligible for, but previously declined participation in, her employer-sponsored group health plan. On March 31, 2020, Individual B gave birth and would like to enroll herself and the child into her employer’s plan; however, open enrollment does not begin until November 15. When may Individual B exercise her special enrollment rights?

(ii) Conclusion. In Example 2, the Outbreak Period is disregarded for purposes of determining Individual B’s special enrollment period. Individual B and her child qualify for special enrollment into her employer’s plan as early as the date of the child’s birth. Individual B may exercise her special enrollment rights for herself and her child into her employer’s plan until 30 days after June 29, 2020, which is July 29, 2020, provided that she pays the premiums for any period of coverage.

Example 3 (COBRA premium payments). (i) Facts. On March 1, 2020, Individual C was receiving COBRA continuation coverage under a group health plan. More than 45 days had passed since Individual C had elected COBRA. Monthly premium payments are due by the first of the month. The plan does not permit qualified beneficiaries longer than the statutory 30-day grace period for making premium payments. Individual C made a timely February payment, but did not make the March payment or any subsequent payments during the Outbreak Period. As of July 1, Individual C has made no premium payments for March, April, May, or June. Does Individual C lose COBRA coverage, and if so for which month(s)?

(ii) Conclusion. In this Example 3, the Outbreak Period is disregarded for purposes of determining whether monthly COBRA premium installment payments are timely. Premium payments made by 30 days after June 29, 2020, which is July 29, 2020, for March, April, May, and June 2020, are timely, and Individual C is entitled to COBRA continuation coverage for these months if she timely makes payment. Under the terms of the COBRA statute, premium payments are timely if made within 30 days from the date they are first due. In calculating the 30-day period, however, the Outbreak Period is disregarded, and payments for March, April, May, and June are all deemed to be timely if they are made within 30 days after the end of the Outbreak Period. Accordingly, premium payments for four months (i.e., March, April, May, and June) are all due by July 29, 2020. Individual C is eligible to receive coverage under the terms of the plan during this interim period even though some or all of Individual C’s premium payments may not be received until July 29, 2020. Since the due dates for Individual C’s premiums would be postponed and Individual C’s payment for premiums would be retroactive during the initial COBRA election period, Individual C’s insurer or plan may not deny coverage, and may make retroactive payments for benefits and services received by the participant during this time.

Example 4 (COBRA premium payments). (i) Facts. Same facts as Example 3. By July 29, 2020, Individual C made a payment equal to two months’ premiums. For how long does Individual C have COBRA continuation coverage?

(ii) Conclusion. Individual C is entitled to COBRA continuation coverage for March and April of 2020, the two months for which timely premium payments were made, and Individual C is not entitled to COBRA continuation coverage for any month after April 2020. Benefits and services Start Printed Page 26355provided by the group health plan (e.g., doctors’ visits or filled prescriptions) that occurred on or before April 30, 2020 would be covered under the terms of the plan. The plan would not be obligated to cover benefits or services that occurred after April 2020.

Example 5 (Claims for medical treatment under a group health plan). (i) Facts. Individual D is a participant in a group health plan. On March 1, 2020, Individual D received medical treatment for a condition covered under the plan, but a claim relating to the medical treatment was not submitted until April 1, 2021. Under the plan, claims must be submitted within 365 days of the participant’s receipt of the medical treatment. Was Individual D’s claim timely?

(ii) Conclusion. Yes. For purposes of determining the 365-day period applicable to Individual D’s claim, the Outbreak Period is disregarded. Therefore, Individual D’s last day to submit a claim is 365 days after June 29, 2020, which is June 29, 2021, so Individual D’s claim was timely.

Example 6 (Internal appeal—disability plan). (i) Facts. Individual E received a notification of an adverse benefit determination from Individual E’s disability plan on January 28, 2020. The notification advised Individual E that there are 180 days within which to file an appeal. What is Individual E’s appeal deadline?

(ii) Conclusion. When determining the 180-day period within which Individual E’s appeal must be filed, the Outbreak Period is disregarded. Therefore, Individual E’s last day to submit an appeal is 148 days (180−32 days following January 28 to March 1) after June 29, 2020, which is November 24, 2020.

Example 7 (Internal appeal—employee pension benefit plan). (i) Facts. Individual F received a notice of adverse benefit determination from Individual F’s 401(k) plan on April 15, 2020. The notification advised Individual F that there are 60 days within which to file an appeal. What is Individual F’s appeal deadline?

(ii) Conclusion. When determining the 60-day period within which Individual F’s appeal must be filed, the Outbreak Period is disregarded. Therefore, Individual F’s last day to submit an appeal is 60 days after June 29, 2020, which is August 28, 2020.

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 Available at​presidential-actions/​proclamation-declaring-national-emergency-concerning-novel-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-outbreak/​.

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 March 13, 2020 letter from President Trump to Secretaries of the Departments of Homeland Security, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, available at​briefings-statements/​letter-president-donald-j-trump-emergency-determination-stafford-act/​.

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 FEMA Release Number HQ-20-017-FactSheet available at​news-release/​2020/​03/​13/​covid-19-emergency-declaration.

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 ERISA section 518 and Code section 7508A(b) generally provide that, in the case of an employee benefit plan, sponsor, administrator, participant, beneficiary, or other person with respect to such a plan affected by a Presidentially declared disaster, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretaries of Labor and the Treasury may prescribe (by notice or otherwise) a period of up to one year that may be disregarded in determining the date by which any action is required or permitted to be completed. Section 518 of ERISA and section 7508A(b) of the Code further provide that no plan shall be treated as failing to be operated in accordance with the terms of the plan solely as a result of complying with the postponement of a deadline under those sections.

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 Good cause exists for the same reasons underlying the issuance of the March 13, 2020 Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak and the determination, under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121, et seq., that a national emergency exists nationwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the same reasons underlying the issuance of the January 31, 2020 declaration that a public health emergency exists under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act).

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 Section 104 of the Title I of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires that the Secretaries of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (the Departments) ensure through an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that regulations, rulings, and interpretations issued by each of the Departments relating to the same matter over which two or more departments have jurisdiction, are administered so as to have the same effect at all times. Under section 104, the Departments, through the MOU, are to provide for coordination of policies relating to enforcement of the same requirements in order to have a coordinated enforcement strategy that avoids duplication of enforcement efforts and assigns priorities in enforcement. See section 104 of HIPAA and Memorandum of Understanding applicable to Title XXVII of the PHS Act, Part 7 of ERISA, and Chapter 100 of the Code, published at 64 FR 70164, December 15, 1999.

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 See footnote 4, supra.

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 To the extent there are different Outbreak Period end dates for different parts of the country, the Agencies will issue additional guidance regarding the application of the relief in this document.

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 The term “election period” is defined as “the period which—(A) begins not later than the date on which coverage terminates under the plan by reason of a qualifying event, (B) is of at least 60 days’ duration, and (C) ends not earlier than 60 days after the later of—(i) the date described in subparagraph (A), or (ii) in the case of any qualified beneficiary who receives notice under section 1166(a)(4) of this title, the date of such notice. ” 29 U.S.C. 1165(a)(1), ERISA section 605(a)(1). See also Code section 4980B(f)(5).

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 Under this provision, the group health plan must treat the COBRA premium payments as timely paid if paid in accordance with the periods and dates set forth in this document. Regarding coverage during the election period and before an election is made, see 26 CFR 54.4980B-6, Q&A 3; during the period between the election and payment of the premium, see 26 CFR 54.4980B-8, Q&A 5(c).

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Senator called BRICS expansion plans a manifestation of a multipolar world

Senator called BRICS expansion plans a manifestation of a multipolar world

Senator called BRICS expansion plans a manifestation of a multipolar world – RIA Novosti, 07/14/2022

Senator called BRICS expansion plans a manifestation of the multipolar world

The possible expansion of the BRICS is a manifestation of the formation of a multipolar world, said Konstantin Dolgov, deputy head of the economic committee of the Federation Council. RIA Novosti, 14.07.2022

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MOSCOW, July 14 – RIA Novosti. The possible expansion of the BRICS is a manifestation of the formation of a multipolar world, Konstantin Dolgov, deputy head of the economic committee of the Federation Council, believes. At the end of June, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that Tehran had applied for membership in the BRICS, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez spoke about his intention to join the BRICS. The head of the Department of International Economic Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Li Kexin, said that there are several countries that are “knocking on the doors” of the BRICS: Indonesia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Argentina. The head of the BRICS forum, Purnima Anand, later said that Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia could “very soon” join the group. According to the Izvestiya newspaper, the head of the BRICS forum expressed confidence that the entry of Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia should be quick, since these countries are “already in the process. ” She added that accession will not happen all at once. “The planned expansion of the BRICS, the strengthening of cooperation within its framework, including the acceleration of the transition to settlements in national currencies and the creation of an alternative reserve currency to the dollar, is a powerful manifestation of the process of forming a multipolar world,” the senator wrote in his Telegram – channel. According to him, the destruction of the system of dominance of the United States and the West in world affairs has seriously accelerated against the backdrop of the destruction of the international legal foundations by the collective West, in particular, in the trade and economic sphere, “in the heat of anti-Russian hysteria.” “There are fewer states and peoples We are ready to take on faith the democratization demagoguery of the Westerners. More and more people understand the danger of dependence on the dollar, the euro and SWIFT for national sovereignty,” he stressed. According to Dolgov, this process will take time, it will not be simple, “but it is irreversible. ” The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted on Thursday that BRICS, in the event of expansion, will not be able to become an alternative to the G20, despite the fact that it is an important a mechanism for cooperation between countries with a large share of world GDP. According to him, BRICS and the G20 are “not mutually exclusive, but rather complementary.” BRICS is an economic bloc founded in 2006. It includes Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa. 1801953989.html

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MOSCOW – RIA Novosti, July 14. The possible expansion of the BRICS is a manifestation of the formation of a multipolar world, says Konstantin Dolgov, deputy head of the economic committee of the Federation Council.

At the end of June, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that Tehran had applied for membership in the BRICS, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez spoke about his intention to join the BRICS. The head of the Department of International Economic Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Li Kexin, said that there are several countries that are “knocking on the doors” of the BRICS: Indonesia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Argentina. The head of the BRICS forum, Purnima Anand, later said that Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia could “very soon” join the group. According to the Izvestiya newspaper, the head of the BRICS forum expressed confidence that the entry of Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia should be quick, since these countries are “already in the process.” She added that the accession will not happen all at once.

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Medvedev allowed the creation of a new reserve currency for the BRICS

“The planned expansion of the BRICS, the strengthening of cooperation within its framework, including the acceleration of the transition to settlements in national currencies and the creation of an alternative reserve currency to the dollar is a powerful manifestation of the process formation of a multipolar world,” the senator wrote on his Telegram channel.

According to him, the destruction of the system of US and Western dominance in world affairs has seriously accelerated against the backdrop of the destruction by the collective West of international legal foundations, in particular, in the trade and economic sphere, “in the midst of anti-Russian hysteria.

“Fewer states and peoples are ready to take on faith the democratization demagoguery of the Westerners. More and more people understand the danger of dependence on the dollar, euro and SWIFT for national sovereignty,” he stressed. According to Dolgov, this process will take time, it will not be simple, “but it is irreversible.”

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted on Thursday that the BRICS, in the event of expansion, will not be able to become an alternative to the G20, despite the fact that it is an important mechanism for cooperation between countries with a large share of world GDP. According to him, BRICS and the G20 “are not substitutes, they are rather complementary.”

BRICS is an economic bloc founded in 2006. It includes Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa.

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          Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region Yevgeny Kuyvashev presented to the Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov plans to expand the special economic zone in the region.

          An application for an increase in the area of ​​the Titanium Valley SEZ is planned to be submitted to the Ministry of Economic Development by the end of 2022. This became known during a working meeting between Reshetnikov and Kuyvashev, according to a statement on the website of the administration of the Sverdlovsk region.

          The expansion of the area of ​​the Titanium Valley SEZ is planned through new sites in Alapaevsk and the Sysert urban district for the implementation of investment projects for the construction of an electrometallurgical complex and the implementation of investment projects, including the construction of modern workshops for the production of consumer goods. The expansion of the SEZ will create a total of more than 3.5 thousand jobs.

          Maxim Reshetnikov and Evgeny Kuyvashev discussed the implementation of the industrial and investment potential of the Middle Urals. According to the minister, the region is actively involved in solving the strategic tasks of the federal scale, designated by the president. “Being a leader in terms of production volumes in Russia, the region saturates the domestic market. It helps to strengthen the technological independence of the country – the region is in the top 5 in terms of the number of patents and production technologies,” the minister said.

          At the same time, Reshetnikov called the dependence of the region on the export of metallurgical products a challenge that the Sverdlovsk region faces today. “Among the priorities in this regard is the increase in domestic demand for products through the development of housing construction and the creation of infrastructure. And the solution of logistics issues, since the Sverdlovsk region has every chance of becoming a major transit hub,” the minister stressed.

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          Evgeniy Kuyvashev confirmed that the socio-economic situation in the Sverdlovsk region is stable, a number of key indicators show a steady positive trend.

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          He also presented to the head of the Ministry of Economic Development plans for the implementation of the regional import substitution program and for the development of the aircraft industry.

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          Boris Burda, who fled from Ukraine, spoke about the situation in his homeland

          A connoisseur of the television club “What? Where? When?” and a participant in other mind games, Ukrainian TV presenter Boris Burda, who is currently in Spain, said that “terrible things” are happening in his homeland.

          Burda is from Odessa, since the beginning of the special operation he has not commented on the events in Ukraine. The day before the start of the NWO, Burda left for Spain, where he remains now.

          In an interview on the YouTube platform (violating the laws of the Russian Federation), Burda said that “terrible and extremely dangerous things” are happening in Ukraine. He believes that the current situation cannot end in anything good, Moskovsky Komsomolets reports his words.

          Burda emphasized that all this represents “one misfortune” and “one minus”. He admits that he sincerely would like the situation to end, and end well. The TV presenter believes that any other desires are now “so petty and uninteresting” that he is even embarrassed to talk about them.

          However, Burda is convinced that what is happening in Ukraine does not at all demonstrate the real state of relations between the peoples of the two countries. At the same time, the TV presenter lays the blame for the conflict on Russia.

          Recall that in the spring, another participant in the television game “What? Where? When?” – Rovshan Askerov, against whom a criminal case was initiated in Russia on the rehabilitation of Nazism: in early April, Askerov posted deliberately false information on his social networks, insulting and discrediting the memory of the great Soviet commander and defender of the Fatherland, Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov. According to media reports, Askerov left Russia. In May, the Basmanny Court arrested Askerov in absentia.

          State Duma deputy, publicist Anatoly Wasserman named Askerov’s entourage and character as the culprits of his misdeeds.

          Russia launched a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called the purpose of the special operation “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” According to the head of state, the special operation averted a real danger that hung over Russia.

          Zelensky got into an accident in Kyiv

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          Recall that on the eve of Zelensky published photos from the city of Izyum, Kharkiv region. One of the photos published by Zelensky from Izyum shows a Ukrainian serviceman. He stands with his back to Zelensky, he has the emblem of the SS division “Totenkopf” on his back.

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          In the Kherson region, they announced the repulse of the attack of the Ukrainian landing

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          Stremousov specified that during an attempted landing on the Kinburn Spit in the Mykolaiv region, about 120 Ukrainian soldiers were killed.

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          “Any approaches to the Kinburn Spit are under our complete control and it is unrealistic to go unnoticed,” he added.

          The day before, the Ministry of Defense published video footage of Ka-52 helicopters attacking the amphibious troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which crossed the Dnieper in the area of ​​the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

          On September 11, the Ministry of Defense reported that the military personnel of the Airborne Forces destroyed an infantry unit of the armed forces of Ukraine during a special operation.

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          Earlier, Donetsk deputy Vladislav Berdichevsky, in an interview with the VZGLYAD newspaper, said that the military of the DPR was actively preparing for the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Vuhledar.

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          Prigozhin’s company reacted to a video with a “monstrously similar” person to him

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          “Indeed, we can confirm that the person in the video is monstrously similar to Evgeny Viktorovich. Judging by his rhetoric, he somehow deals with the implementation of the tasks of the special operation, and it seems that he is successfully doing this. In addition (…) the person in the video has a very well-delivered speech, just like Evgeny Viktorovich. And a person who looks like Yevgeny Viktorovich very intelligibly explains simple, understandable things to ordinary people, ”the Concorde message on the VKontakte social network page says.

          The message states that Prigozhin is currently on a business trip.

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          Recall that the Concord company, owned by Prigozhin, informed that the businessman had nothing to do with the Wagner group, “does not finance and does not monitor information about their location.”

          Russia is about to throw “rules-based order” into the dustbin of history

          Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov warned against supplying Ukraine with missiles capable of hitting Russian cities, and also spoke about the need to throw the American “rules-based order” into the dustbin of history.

          Antonov expressed his concern over the fact that “Ukraine has been seeking supplies of ATACMS operational-tactical missiles for many months, which are designed to strike targets at a distance of up to 300 km,” RIA Novosti reports.

          According to him, “if Kyiv receives such weapons, large Russian cities, industrial and transport infrastructure facilities will fall into the area of ​​possible destruction. The ambassador pointed out that the Ukrainian troops regularly “violate the norms of humanitarian law, even in those territories that were considered part of Ukraine.” “Look how many swastikas and Nazi symbols are on Ukrainian military equipment,” he said.

          As Antonov emphasized, “if this happens in relation to the DPR and LPR, then, obviously, if these warriors have long-range American missiles, they will use them without hesitation” against Russian territory, and “such a scenario would mean direct involvement of the United States in the military opposition.

          Antonov believes that “Washington’s inciting Kyiv against Russia” is “an obvious fact.” If the United States “accepts all the crazy requests” of Kyiv, it “will not lead to real changes on the fronts,” he assured, adding that “only naive, short-sighted politicians who know little of history can talk about victory over Russia on the battlefield.”

          At the same time, the ambassador stressed that “we are no longer talking about defensive, but about offensive weapons,” since “fighters, long-range missile systems, tanks have never been considered defensive weapons.” Antonov said the US was “increasingly drawn into the abyss of the Ukrainian crisis” and “inciting alliance partners.”

          Antonov pointed out that “there is no talk about the need to start negotiations today”, if they are heard, “either in a whisper or through gritted teeth”, but calls are loudly heard “more weapons, hit harder on the allied forces.”

          “Allegedly, the current situation gives Ukraine the best negotiating positions, no matter what their cost. The main goal is to defeat Russia by any means, and subsequently prevent it from playing a key role in the international arena. And if possible, dismember it into parts,” the ambassador said.

          He stated that Russia, in response, must “continue to work, support the army and navy in carrying out tasks.” “We have no doubt that we will achieve victory,” he said. Diplomats will also continue to work “despite threats and provocations,” Antonov said. “The task is to achieve cementing the foundations of a multipolar world order, throwing the American “rules-based order” into the dustbin of history,” Antonov said.

          Recall that Russia has repeatedly criticized Western countries for trying to replace the UN Charter and the existing norms of international law with the so-called “rules-based” world order.

          The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the West is trying to replace the established world order with some secretly developed rules and impose them on other countries, but Russia will not tolerate a mentoring tone towards itself. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov emphasized that the “rules-based order” promoted by Western countries is based on double standards.

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          An expert explained the benefits of strikes on the hydrotechnical infrastructure of Krivoy Rog

          “From a military point of view, changing the terrain, destroying pontoon crossings and creating obstacles to supplying the enemy grouping is a normal practice. Apparently, this is what we saw in the areas of the Ingulets River, ”political analyst Ivan Lizan told the VZGLYAD newspaper, commenting on the missile attack on hydraulic structures in the Krivoy Rog region.

          “The attack on the Karachunovskaya dam was carried out purely within the framework of military logic – the enemy is advancing, and we are changing the terrain. From the reservoir, the water went into the Ingulets River, on which the armed forces of Ukraine built pontoon crossings to the south in order to transfer their troops from the Nikolaev region to the part of the Kherson region controlled by us, ”the source said.

          “Now, due to the destruction of the dam, the water in Ingulets has risen and washed away several crossings. This means that we will have the opportunity to drive the enemy out of the bridgehead he had previously occupied, taking advantage of the fact that they will not be able to receive reinforcements, ”he added.

          “As for the general assessment of attacks on critical infrastructure, this is a normal tactic in a military environment. It is Russia that is conducting a special military operation, without martial law inside the country and mobilization, but for the LPR and DPR, this is a war. At the same time, for Ukraine, this is a total war without any rules, in which they also hit dams on the Irpen River and hit hydraulic structures in other regions, ”the political scientist argues.

          “Besides, it seems to me that we have finally removed our moral block from such blows. The recent damage to Ukraine’s energy system was, in fact, therapeutic. The same applies to the current strike, ”the source added.

          “Today, the entire energy system of the country is on the verge of shutting down and at any moment a blackout can occur, from which Ukraine will not come out on its own. Even without the help of the Russian Armed Forces, cold weather and an increase in energy consumption can finally finish off the country’s energy sector. Now a new problem for the Ukrainian authorities is the flooded territories in Krivoy Rog, but while they are somehow coping with this task, work is underway, ”the expert believes.

          “The political consequences of such strikes are also important. If earlier the Ukrainian authorities allowed themselves to nightmare the infrastructure of Donbass, Berdyansk and Melitopol, believing that they could get away with everything, now, I hope, this is in the past,” the political scientist recalled.

          The day before, the deputy head of Vladimir Zelensky’s office, Kirill Tymoshenko, said that a missile attack had been carried out on the hydraulic structures of Krivoy Rog. Andriy Yermak, the head of Zelensky’s office, also confirmed the blows. In addition, after hits in the Ingulets River, “the water level has risen sharply, a pumping station may be damaged, and there is no mobile communication in places in the city,” said Alexei Goncharenko, deputy of the Verkhovna Rada.

          It is noted that Krivoy Rog is the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelensky. Later, the mayor of Kryvyi Rih, Alexander Vilkul, wrote on his social networks that the missile attack hit “one of the city’s hydrotechnical infrastructure facilities.”

          Footage of the consequences of a missile attack on Krivoy Rog was also published on the Web: pontoon crossings were washed away due to the rise in the water level in the Ingulets River, and the dam on the Karachunovsky reservoir was also damaged.

          Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed information about a power outage in a number of regions of the country. According to him, a complete power outage occurred in Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, partial – in Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk and Sumy regions. According to military correspondents, as a result of night strikes on power generation facilities, two thermal power plants were badly damaged, which caused a crisis in energy supply in a number of regions of Ukraine.

          The VZGLYAD newspaper wrote that Russia has shown its readiness to take tough measures against Ukraine.

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          Voenkor Sladkov proposed two methods of training “strong commanders”

          A special military operation in Ukraine should be used to increase the number of “strong field commanders,” said Russian journalist Alexander Sladkov, suggesting “two training methods.”

          Sladkov explained in Telegram that he “invests in this concept such qualities as combat experience, the desire to fight, the desire for professional and personnel growth, a high level of appreciation of the VVK (military medical commission).

          In his opinion, “two methods of training selected candidates for officer positions and ranks” should be applied. The first is “three-month courses for junior lieutenants with subsequent appointment to the positions of platoon commanders.” The second one is “accelerated higher officer education (a year of training, a year of military operations, two years of graduation and a diploma (this form was in the All-Russian Institute of Foreign Languages).”

          “Facilities here and there: combined arms, artillery, tank, reconnaissance, engineer-sapper,” he added, stating that “it is necessary to launch urgently.”

          Russia launched a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine on February 24. A number of political conditions have been put forward to the Kyiv authorities: the legislative consolidation of the non-bloc status of Ukraine with a complete ban on the deployment of NATO military bases and strike weapons systems on its territory, the trial of Nazi criminals who have committed crimes against citizens of Ukraine and Donbass in recent years, the recognition of Crimea as Russian, and the DPR and LPR – independent states. Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the geographical objectives of the special military operation had changed, now it is not only about the LPR and the DPR.

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          Putin and the President of Iran laughed at the US and the EU

          Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke ironically about the policy pursued by Western countries. At a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand on Thursday, the Russian leader criticized the United States and the European Union for inconsistency.

          Raisi, during a conversation with the Russian leader, noted that Iran never leaves and will not leave the negotiating table, but the United States, according to him, is incapable of negotiating and “violates all obligations.” “And, of course, everyone was convinced that the European Union is also in a passive situation – they are also unable to fulfill their promises,” the Iranian President stressed.

          “Masters of your word. If they want, they give, if they want, they take,” Putin said, addressing his counterpart, after Raisi delivered a whole rebuke to Western countries, TASS reports.

          After translating this pun into Farsi, the presidents laughed together and continued their negotiations.

          Putin said earlier that Russia is very pleased with the imminent accession of Iran to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

          Ukrainian musicians began to be banned from performing in the EU

          Vopli Vidoplyasova vocalist Oleg Skrypka said that in the European Union the musical group is not allowed to perform because they are considered fascists. The Russian leadership is allegedly to blame for this ban, the artist believes.

          “And fascists shouldn’t sing their songs in their native language. We understand where the legs grow from. Such corruption and so the long arms of the Kremlin are working, ”the edition quotes Skrypka.

          It is noted that the band’s concert in Hamburg has been cancelled.

          According to the publication, this is not the first time that European concerts of Ukrainian artists have been cancelled. In particular, the concert of the Zhadan and Dogs group was canceled in Milan.

          In 2018, Skrypka stated that at a concert in The Hague, after an offensive Russophobic phrase, a third of the audience left the hall.

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          Most Slovaks wished Russia victory over Ukraine

          More than half of Slovaks want Russia to end the conflict in Ukraine, according to a poll by the Slovak Academy of Sciences, MNFORCE and Seesame.

          Residents of Slovakia were asked the question “How would you like the war in Ukraine to end?” 20.6% want a clear victory for Russia, 19% want a clear victory for Ukraine,9%. However, in general, more than half of the respondents want Russia to win, and about a third want Ukraine to win. At the same time, 17.9% are not ready to answer this question, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Dennik N.

          The poll took place from August 15 to September 5. 1.1 thousand people took part in the survey. The respondents were of different levels of education, political affiliation, they live in large and small towns in all regions of Slovakia. Error data are not reported.

          Recall that the Slovak authorities are transferring weapons to Ukraine. In July, the Russian government expanded the list of foreign states unfriendly to Russia. In particular, Slovakia was included in the list.

          The Russian National Orchestra stopped working with Mikhail Pletnev

          The employment contract with the artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra Mikhail Pletnev will not be extended, the team said.

          “The adoption of such a decision by the leadership of the orchestra is connected with the need to build a long-term strategy for the development of the team, which is impossible in the absence of an artistic director, as well as not providing information to the founder about their plans and prospects for further work with the team,” the Telegram message says. orchestra channel.

          It is noted that “since the end of 2020, there has been practically no close creative contact between the orchestra and its artistic director; for quite a long time, the actual creative work with the orchestra has been carried out by guest conductors.”

          “The Russian National Orchestra is one of the leading symphony orchestras in the country, it has always attracted the closest attention of the musical community and the widest public. Therefore, the search and approval of the candidacy of a new artistic director for such a titled and illustrious team is not an easy task and may take some time,” the message concluded.

          The Russian National Orchestra is the most titled and famous orchestra in Russia, the owner of the Grammy award. Founded over thirty years ago by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev.

          Since the lockdown due to the pandemic, Mikhail Pletnev is abroad and conducts the Moscow orchestra remotely.

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          Two explosions thundered in Melitopol

          The sounds of explosions were recorded in the city of Melitopol, Zaporozhye region, said the chairman of the movement “We are with Russia” Vladimir Rogov.

          “It’s loud in Melitopol! Two explosions were heard in the city,” Rogov said in his Telegram channel.

          Explosions occurred around 14.00 Moscow time, approximately they were heard at the exit from the city towards Crimea, RIA Novosti reports.

          In early September, an explosion occurred in Melitopol near the headquarters of the public movement “We are together with Russia”. A crater remained at the site of the explosion near the headquarters, and the windows were shattered by the blast wave and shrapnel in the building itself.

          Soon after that, a second explosion occurred in the city, it also thundered at the headquarters of “We are together with Russia.”

          Ukrainians mistaking each other for Russians fought in Nice

          Imprisonment threatens a former Ukrainian soldier who attacked two Ukrainian women on September 11 in the city of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin near Nice, Nice prosecutor Xavier Bonhomme said in a statement.

          “On September 12, two women of Ukrainian origin filed a complaint with the Police Commissariat of Menton about the violence committed against them the day before in the city of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. During interrogation by the police, the accused, also of Ukrainian origin, admitted the violence, downplaying it,” RIA Novosti reports the text of the statement.

          In an interview with the local newspaper Nice-Matin, both women claimed that their assailant was Russian and that he hit them because they were listening to a song in Ukrainian with anti-Russian slogans.

          According to Nice-Matin, the male suspect is in fact a former Ukrainian soldier who explained to police during interrogation that he mistook the two women for Russians.

          This Thursday he will appear before the court, he faces up to three years in prison and a fine of 45 thousand euros, said the prosecutor.

          Before the French police announced that a Ukrainian, not a Russian, had been detained, Oleg Nikolaenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, said that the culprit in this “disgusting incident” must be found.

          Earlier, the Red Cross in Spain began to accommodate Ukrainians with LGBT families.

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          Kherson authorities reported that large forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were gathering to the village of Kiselevka

          Kyiv is gathering forces to the village of Kiselevka, located on the highway between Kherson and Nikolaev, because for him the cherished goal is the regional center – Kherson, said the deputy head of the administration of the Kherson region Kirill Stremousov.

          “They really pull together great forces. Let me explain: because Kherson is the most cherished goal for them. <...> Nobody is going to hand over Kherson to anyone, no matter how much they bring forces to the Kherson region,” he said on the air of the Solovyov Live TV channel, RIA Novosti reports.

          Stremousov said that the armed forces of Ukraine are building up forces on the line of contact, but they have not penetrated into the territory of the Kherson region. “They are constantly building up their strength, but I’ll say it again: every time I go to Kiselevka, every time it is captured on the Internet. <...> Kherson region, as it was on its borders, remains so. No one penetrated the area, as they say, Sukhoi Stovka, Davydov Brod, near Kiselevka, this is simply not true,” he said.

          On Wednesday, Stremousov said that allied forces repelled attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to advance in the Kherson region near the villages of Davydov Brod and Kiselevka at night. Earlier, the Ukrainian media announced the capture of this settlement, but these allegations were refuted.

          During a special operation, the Russian Armed Forces took control of the Kherson region and the Azov part of the Zaporozhye region in southern Ukraine. The circulation of the ruble has begun in the regions, the hryvnia is being withdrawn from circulation, Russian TV channels and radio stations are broadcasting. Both regions announced plans to become part of Russia.

          Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 25 signed a decree on the simplified admission to Russian citizenship of residents of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions of Ukraine. In addition, Russian birth certificates are issued in the regions.

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          General plan of the city of Moscow until 2025

          About the project

          Project type

          Master plan




          Its reasons were not only the end of the period for the implementation of the priority measures of the Master Plan 1999 years old, the transformation of trends in the socio-economic and territorial development of the city, but also a change in the requirements for the composition, procedure for the development, approval and implementation of the General Plan of Moscow in connection with the adoption at the end of 2004 of the new Urban Planning Code of the Russian Federation.

          Looking back, we can say that one of the super-tasks of the 1999 Master Plan was to unlock the internal potential of urban areas to attract investment in the development of the capital, and it was fully implemented. But the rapid growth of investment activity revealed a more dangerous symptom of growing pains – insufficient protection of public interests from investor pressure. The approval of urban zoning materials by the Moscow Government has not always worked as a tool to protect the needs of citizens.

          In this regard, the updating of the General Plan of Moscow was aimed at rigidly securing social guarantees in all areas of the population’s life, on the one hand, and determining the volume of commercial construction economically necessary for their implementation, on the other.

          Distinctive features of the General Plan of the City of Moscow for the period up to 2025, adopted by the Moscow City Duma in 2010, are the highest legal status of this document and the unprecedented scale of public participation in the preparation of its project. During its discussion, about 70,000 comments and suggestions were received and considered.

          The design solutions of this Master Plan consistently develop the principles of evolutionary polycentric development of the planning structure of Moscow, the qualitative transformation of the existing development, laid down and partially implemented in the Master Plan of 1999, and also make relevant changes to earlier decisions.

          About the project:

          As the most important condition for ensuring social guarantees in terms of transport services for Muscovites and curbing the growth of motorization, it is planned to develop intracity systems of high-speed off-street transport, including:

          • formation of a new interchange contour of the subway chord lines;
          • construction of additional tracks and organization of passenger traffic within the boundaries of intracity railway corridors;
          • mass formation of transport interchange hubs with intercepting parking lots.

          Along with the general increase in the density of the street network in the course of the reconstruction of the existing development, new ring and chord directions were planned in the structure of the city’s highways.

          The city policy priorities have also changed in industrial areas, which still remain the main internal territorial resource of the city. However, in order to use their potential, the city needs to focus on preparing the preserved industrial zones for the organization of innovative activities, as well as on the placement of facilities that compensate for the liquidation of production capacities in the reorganized territories.

          The main part of the activities provided for by the Master Plan is concentrated in development zones located in the middle part of the city. These are the zones of formation of new large public-business and administrative-production centers connected by high-speed transport, formed in the course of the reorganization of industrial territories on the northwestern and southeastern borders of the central zone.

          Community center system development zones

          In the outer part of the middle zone of Moscow between the paired radial directions of city highways passing through these centers in the northern, northwestern, southern and southeastern sectors, public zones are being developed that serve the population of peripheral areas and ensure unloading of the central part of the city.

          In the territories bounded by the routes of the Southern and Northern chords and sections of the Fourth and Third Transport Rings, a new type of organization of the urban environment for Moscow is being formed – urban complexes. Focused on road transport, residential and multifunctional formations, provided with objects of social and recreational infrastructure, they form a new high-rise silhouette of the capital.

          The intensification of the use of the territory in the middle zone of Moscow makes it possible to preserve the maximum number of green spaces in the areas adjacent to the Moscow Ring Road, compensating for the reduction in undeveloped territories in the former suburban area of ​​the capital.

          The decision to expand the boundaries of the city puts forward as a priority the introduction of changes into the current General Plan of Moscow.

          Canadian Foreign Ministry announced plans to expand sanctions against Russia




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          Canada announced another expansion of sanctions against Russia. In particular, we are talking about restrictions on contacts between local businesses and Russian companies in a number of industries.

          First of all, land and pipeline transport, production of metals, vehicles, computers, electronic and machinery equipment will fall under the sanctions.

          Once the sanctions are in place, Canadian businesses will have 60 days to end their relationship with Russian partners.

          Recall that on July 8, Canada imposed sanctions against Russian journalists and the media, as well as against the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill. In total, 29 individuals and 15 legal entities were added to the sanctions list the day before.


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