We are a Village Hall who had planning permission granted for a small
kitchen extension in 2018. We are conscious that we are supposed to
have commenced development within three years for the permission to
remain valid. Before we approach the LPA, I wondered if there was any
national direction that, given limitations on community buildings to
run fundraising events etc due to COVID, that allowed extension of the
three year limitation? Or just a general feel for how other LPAs were
managing this? Is the general expectation that we would have to
resubmit as usual?
Any thoughts appreciated.
If you haven't already, you should ask your Local Planning Authority
what they think - but this might help:
Under section 93A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990,
unimplemented planning permissions with time limits for implementation
which were due to lapse between 19 August 2020 (when the provisions
came into force) and 31 December 2020 are extended to 1 May 2021. This
happens automatically, with no requirement to obtain Additional
In this guidance, a ‘time limit for implementation’ refers to a
condition which has the effect that development pursuant to a planning
permission, or works pursuant to a listed building consent, must be
begun not later than a certain date. In most cases, a condition (or
deemed condition) imposing a time limit for implementation is attached
to a planning permission by or under section 91 of the Town and
Country Planning Act 1990; and to a listed building consent by or
under section 18 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation
Areas) Act 1990.
In addition, unimplemented planning permissions with time limits for
implementation which passed between 23 March 2020 and 19 August 2020
are also restored and the time limit extended to 1 May 2021, subject
to Additional Environmental Approval being granted. Further details of
the Additional Environmental Approval process are set out below.
Thank you for taking the time to respond Richard. Appreciated :)