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Latest news and announcements in the UK (last updated 28.08)

  • England: Guidance for local government income scheme for lost sales, fees and charges. Read more
  • Scotland: Provisions of the Coronavirus Planning Act extended (extension of the emergency period and the extended period). Read more
  • Wales: Building Better Places: The Planning System Delivering Resilient and Brighter Futures (16 July). Read more
  • England: Temporary planning rules to protect cultural heritage (14 July). Read more
  • Wales: Letter (10 July) Planning and the post Covid-19 recovery: letter to local authorities. Read more
  • Scotland: Chief Planner letter (2 July) on Covid-19 and the use of outside spaces. Read more
  • England: The Government have introduced (25 June) the Business and Planning Bill to allow pubs, bars and restaurants to more easily utilise outdoor spaces. Read more
  • England: the Government published (24 June) a Statutory Instrument to the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which included a new PDR allowing a further two stories to be added to residential buildings. Read more
  • England: The Secretary of State has announced (22 June) new measures including extensions for planning permissions expiring over the course of the pandemic, and measures to allow PINS to be able to utilise more than one procedure simultaneously when dealing with an appeal. Read more
  • Scotland: A new strategy document from the Scottish Government's independent advisory group on economic recovery has been published (22 June). Read more
  • NI: PAC have issued a statement (10 June) regarding remote hearings, and an engagement event run with parties including the RTPI. Read more
  • 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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