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Government Proposals to extend the life of Planning Permissions

Five years – three years – five years? The Government has just realised that its decision to reduce the life of planning permissions to three years might have been wrong in the current economic climate.

The Government has published a Consultation paper to extend the life of planning permissions from three years.

Under the current rules, the standard life of a planning permission is three years and it is not possible to apply for this to be extended.  Three years is the “default” position – it is always open to a Planning Authority to issue a planning permission that has a longer or shorter life.  Invariably, however, three years is what is given by Local Planning Authorities.

The new measures will allow one extension only to the time limit per planning permission. There will have to be good planning reasons to justify the extension.

 The Consultation will end on 13 August 2009 and it is hoped that amendments will be made to the GPDO by 1 October 2009.

Click here to see the Consultation Paper 

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