The Government has introduced a  Business and Planning Bill featuring a series of measures designed to support businesses and developers in England with their response to the pandemic. These include:

  • Revival of certain planning permissions and listed building consents that have expired during lockdown.
  • Automatic extension of time limits for implementing planning permissions and listed building consents that are due to expire before the end of this year. Development will be required to commence no later than 1 April 2021.
  • For outline planning permissions with conditions requiring the submission of an application for the approval of a reserved matter to be made between 23 March – 31 December 2020, the application for approval will now need to be made no later than 1 April 2021.
  • A new route for developers seeking a temporary extension of construction site working hours;
  • A streamlined pavement licensing system to install items such as tables and chairs outside of cafes, bars and restaurants;
  • the removal of the restriction for appeals to be determined by either written representations, hearings, or public inquiries, thereby allowing mixed procedures as may be appropriate for the appeal

MPs considered the Bill on 29 June and the second reading in the Lords is scheduled for 2 July.  If all goes well, the Bill could take effect on 6 July 2020.

Please contact our Planners for further information.


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