This is not an April Fool.
We will be resisting this and fear it would be used by those using doubtful building practices and making a quick buck out of converting homes into poor-quality apartments.
At last week's city council meeting there was across the board criticism of these proposed extensions of "permitted development" and the latest announcements suggest it could be worse than originally feared, creating a free for all across the city.
At that neeting, group leader Cllr Jon Hunt confirmed that the Lib Dems would join any campaign to oppose this.
There is plenty of scope for high quality modernisation of homes across the city - but there is also too much experience of shoddy and inconsiderate work.