The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the professional body representing 22,000 of Britain's planners, has strongly backed the Government's confirmation that it is now possible for local authorities to extend the life of an existing planning permission.
Importantly, the Government has accepted the RTPI's recommendation that the discretion to do so remains in the hands of local councils.
The move is a direct response to helping developers who have been granted planning permission but due to the recession are unable to start construction. The change in the law will enable developers to apply to their local council for an extension and could help to safeguard hundreds of proposed developments across the country.
Matt Thomson, Acting Director of Policy and Partnerships at the RTPI said:
\"We're glad the Government has listened and accepted our strong recommendation that the final power to make a decision about whether and how long planning permissions should be extended rests with local planning authorities. This move makes sense in a time of recession, with councils being able to use this new power as they see fit to ensure development remains on track and benefits the local community and the wider economy.\"
RTPI response to consultation on extending planning permission
This can be viewed at RTPI-response-to-Flexibility-for-Planning-Permissions.pdf
Greater Flexibility for Planning Permission: Guidance
This can be viewed at http://www.info4local.gov.uk/documents/publications/1390243