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Extensions to Certain Planning Permission (Covid-19 Measures)

The Business and Planning Act 2020 temporarily modifies the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 to enable certain planning permissions and listed building consents in England which have lapsed or are due to lapse during 2020 to be extended.

This is in recognition of the effect coronavirus has had on the planning system and the construction sector and in particular the delays it has caused to the commencement of new development. 

Under section 93A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, unimplemented planning permissions with time limits for implementation, including outline planning permissions, which were due to lapse between 19 August 2020 (when the provisions came into force) and 31 December 2020 are extended to 1 May 2021. 

All listed building consents with a time limit for implementation between 23 March 2020 and 31 December are also extended to 1 May 2021.  In addition, any deadline for the submission of applications for approval of reserved matters under an outline planning permission which would otherwise expire between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 is extended to 1 May 2021.

Unimplemented planning permissions with time limits for implementation which passed between 23 March 2020 and 19 August 2020 are also restored and the time limit extended to 1 May 2021, subject to Additional Environmental Approval being granted. 

The Council, as Local Planning Authority, is in the process of writing to all applicants that have permission/consents that have/will lapse between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, if records do not show that the permitted development has commenced, to confirm whether the permission/consent is automatically extended or where Additional Environmental Approval is required.  If you don’t receive such a letter but believe that you should have and want written confirmation of the extension to the commencement date, please contact the Development Management Section with your request which should specify the planning permission reference.

Information on Additional Environmental Approval is set out in guidance produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government which you can view here.

Last updated 23 September 2020

 

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