Tuesday 23 June 2020
Posted by: Westcor International
Great news for the development sector in England, which has been lobbying for extensions to planning permissions that expire during the Covid19 lockdown. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has now announced proposals to “extend planning permissions and #listedbuilding consent that lapsed from 23 March up to 31 December 2020. These will be extended automatically until 1 April 2021".
Planning permissions expire after three years unless, within that timeframe, any applicable pre-commencement conditions are satisfied and work begins on the project. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has estimated that by the end of June, “more than 400 residential permissions providing more than 24,000 new homes would have expired" without the introduction of these measures. New legislation will be required in order to introduce these measures.
Further details are expected shortly, although MHCLG has advised that planning permissions which have already lapsed before the measures take effect "will be subject to an Additional Environmental Approval process before the automatic extension can take effect".
This follows the introduction in early April by the Scottish Government of emergency legislation, allowing planning permissions to be extended by a year, due to lapse during the coronavirus crisis.
One such project, that may benefit from this change in rule is Chelsea's £1bn stadium. Read more here:
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