Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Planning

The following Planning practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Planning
  • Planning decision-making
  • Validation of applications
  • Publicity and consultation for planning applications and listed building consent applications
  • Determination timescales
  • Wales—planning policy priorities post-coronavirus
  • Nationally significant infrastructure projects in England
  • Developments of national significance/major development in Wales
  • Planning applications for major development
  • Site Notices
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Planning

The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures on national and local planning services could cause delay in respect of planning applications, publicity of planning and compulsory purchase documentation, appeals and court proceedings. This Practice Note looks at the impact of coronavirus for the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), local planning authorities (LPAs), developers, the house-building sector, acquiring authorities, the courts and Parliament.

Planning decision-making

The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/392, made under section 78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020, enable English local authority meetings to be held virtually for a temporary period to 7 May 2021. This allows planning committee and other important council meetings to continue remotely and be remotely attended by members of local authorities, the public and the press. The regulations also enable English local authorities to hold and alter the frequency and occurrence of meetings without requirement for further notice. Existing legislative requirements for English local authority meetings are also disapplied.

Guidance published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) (now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)) on 13 May 2020 (the 13 May MHCLG Guidance) urges English LPAs to take advantage of these powers to hold virtual planning committees—rather than deferring committee dates—and also consider using ‘urgency powers’

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