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COVID-19: Boost for Developers

Bill speeds planning and offers safer ways to work

The COVID-19 pandemic, with its Lockdown and social distancing, has had a substantial effect on planning with developers unable to comply with the time limits in their planning permissions along with delays in appeals.

As a result, the Business and Planning Bill 2019-21 was introduced in the Commons on 25 June 2020.  The Government recognised the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses/developers and the need to provide safer ways of working because of social distancing. The Bill is now progressing through the Lords.

The Bill provides a mixture of measures and include:

  • A new way in which developers may vary the planning conditions regarding site working hours so as to allow temporary extended house, for a set period of time. The aim of this measure is to allow developers the ability to operate safe construction sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a temporary measure and the proposed end dates is 1 April 2021 but this could be extended;
  • The introduction into the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 of a new:
    • s. 93A which automatically extends planning permissions that have not been implemented within the time limit and which are due to lapse between 28 days after the Bill receives Royal Assent and 31 December 2020, to 1 April 2021;
    • s.93B which extends planning permission for those with a time limit for implementation between 23 March 2020 and 27 days after Royal Assent of the Bill to 1 April 2021 but only where Additional Environmental Approval is granted or deemed granted by the local planning authority;
  • Providing the Planning Inspectorate with the ability to use more than one means of dealing with a planning appeal. This could include local inquiry, hearing or written representations with the view that appeals will progress faster. This will be a permanent change and will take effect on the day of Royal Assent of the BIll.

Toby Matthews, Senior Associate

Tel: 0203 827 6107

Email: TM@axiomstone.co.uk

 

Mira Arezina, Associate

Tel: 0203 827 6100

Email: MIA@axiomstone.co.uk

 

For guidance and advice in relation to any Property Litigation matters, please contact Toby Matthews, Senior Associate on 020 3827 6107, Email: TM@axiomstone.co.uk or Mira Arezina, Associate on 0203 827 6100, Email MIA@axiomstone.co.uk in Axiom Stone’s Property Litigation Team.

Note: the information contained in this article is accurate at the time of publication on 13 July 2020. The remarks in this article are not a substitute for legal advice on the specific circumstances of any case.