Planning Permission Deadline Extended to 2021
As part of their plans to stimulate a post-Covid building economy, on Monday 21st June, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLA) disclosed that any projects with an planning permission expiration date between the 23rd March – the beginning of lockdown – and the end of 2020 will have their permission extended to April 2021.
What does this mean for housebuilders?
Planning permission usually expires after three years if building work has not begun on site, meaning there is a need to reapply.
This extension provides relief for those affected by the pandemic who have been unable to build prior to their deadline expiring, and self builders and home extenders have no need to re-submit an application if their planning permission or consent expires by the end of the year – provided it didn’t expire before the 23rd of March.
The government has estimated that – without these measures – over 400 residential permissions providing more than 24,000 new homes would have expired.
Other measures announced
To avoid any further backlog caused by the pandemic, new measures to quicken the the appeals process will also be launched, enabling planning applications to conclude faster.
The Planning Inspectorate, the agency that deals with planning appeals, will be able to manage appeal procedures simultaneously, include written representations, hearings and inquiries. This comes after a pilot programme in 2019 that showed that this multiple-track approach halved the time for appeal inquiries to be resolved, from 47 weeks to just 23 weeks.
In additions, site hours will be lengthened to enable builders socially distance on building sites, making it easier for them to follow government guidelines and staggering their shift patterns.
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Planning permission being extended to 2021 should help to kickstart the building and architectural economy again, giving would-be builders the confidence to start their project up once more. Now that you’ve got the green light to kick-start your new-build or extension, get in touch and see how we can help you!
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