Extension To The Life Of Planning Permissions Confirmed Planners' Maths: Making 3 Go Into 5!
After a flurry of well publicised Government activity over the summer months (Community Infrastructure Levy consultation, Eco Town ‘winners’, Regional Strategy proposals etc), moves to introduce two small but significant changes to the day to day operation of the Development Control system in England (only) have been very quietly introduced.
On the 8th September 2009 Statutory Instruments 2009/2261 &2262 were laid before Parliament. They will come into force on 1st October 2009, and propose;
1) A new provision to make an application for a non-material change to an existing planning permission. This amendment provides for the fast-track determination of minor modifications to existing approved schemes. Local planning authorities will be required to provide their decision within 28 days. Prior to this the only way to formally gain approval for a minor modification was to make a wholly fresh planning application, with a full fee and full supporting documentation.
2) Changes are brought into force which will allow both outline and full applications to be made in respect of planning permissions granted on or prior to 1st October 2009 and which typically had a 3 year implementation period, to be extended to a longer implementation period (presumably 5 years will be the norm). There will be no requirement to submit a Design &Access Statement, or for plans and drawings to be provided. This should allow a fast-track determination of applications to extend the life of a planning permission, although we would advise that the status of some S106 agreements may need to be reviewed. Similar changes are brought into force relating to Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas.
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