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Latest news and announcements in the UK (last updated 01.06)

  • Scotland: Chief Planner letters (29 May) are available here and here.
  • Wales: guidance on amendments to pre-application consultation procedures, Community Council Consultation and Developments of National Significance (18 May) is available here.
  • MHCLG has published updated Covid-19 Planning Guidance (13 May). Read more
  • Planning Appeals Commission offices in Northern Ireland will re-open on Monday 11 May. Due to social distancing measures they have in place they will be operating with reduced administrative capacity and will initially be open in the mornings only. Read more
  • May 2020 United Kingdom local elections (including for councils, majors and police and crime commissioners) have been postponed until 2021. Read more
  • Secretary of State Robert Jenrick has been working with local government on further measures to allow greater flexibility on finances and committee meetings. Read more
  • The Coronavirus Act (2020) received Royal Assent on March 25, meaning it is now an Act of Parliament. The Act provides for the postponement of referendums by the Secretary of State, including under schedule 48 of the Town and Country Planning Act (dealing with neighbourhood development plans). Read here
  • The letter from the RTPI, RICS and RIBA to the Prime Minister regarding coronavirus and the built environment sector can be read here.
  • A letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to everyone working in the UK's construction industry (31 March). Read more
  • Remediation and COVID-19: Building Safety update (Links to useful sources of information for the construction industry). Read more

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