Measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely will be introduced this week including extension of planning permission deadlines.
Government UK writes:
New measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely will be introduced this week, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced today (22 June 2020).
Planning permission deadlines will be extended, planning appeals will be sped up and builders will be allowed more flexible working hours following agreement with their local council.
Planning permission usually expires after three years if work has not started onsite. Sites with consent that have an expiry date between the start of lockdown and the end of this year will now see their consent extended to 1 April 2021. This will prevent work that has been temporarily disrupted by the pandemic from stopping altogether.
The government estimates that by the end of this month alone, more than 400 residential permissions providing more than 24,000 new homes would have expired. The new measures will help these developments and more resume as the economy recovers…..
Today’s announcement builds on measures to support the economy and protect the capacity of the construction sector….
The government continues to listen to all parts of industry to see what further support may be required.