- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 15 Jun 2017
Extensions to time limits for implementing existing planning permissions
Generally, when a planning permission is granted, the development must commence within three years. The intention behind this time limit is to prevent the accumulation of planning permissions which are unimplemented, or ‘land banking’ by developers. It also allows councils to review the development’s suitability in the light of circumstances which may have altered over the three year period.
However, in 2009, the Labour government introduced new powers allowing the application for an extension of the planning permission if it was granted on or before 1 October 2009. This was a response to the recession that followed the 2008 credit crunch, allowing existing permissions to continue until economic conditions recovered.
In 2012, the coalition government extended the time period within which the existing permission must have been granted by one year. This meant that an application could be made to replace an existing planning permission as long as the original permission had been granted before 1 October 2010. This remained restricted to developments that had yet to be implemented.
In November 2013, the government announced that the measure would not be renewed.
The then-Planning Minister Nick Boles said scrapping the temporary measure would “increase the incentive for developers to start on site before permission expires”. The move was criticised by developers but welcomed by opponents of land banking.
Since this decision, developers with an unimplemented planning permission have had to carefully consider their strategy. While they can sometimes begin minimal works so as avoid the permission lapsing and having then to reapply, there can be pre-commencement conditions or the triggering of the community infrastructure levy (CIL) liability or section 106 agreements that could incur costs if works begin.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Grouting refers to the injection of materials into a soil or rock formation to change its physical characteristics.
Part of Designing Buildings Wiki, BREEAM Wiki will advance knowledge sharing for the BRE family of sustainability tools.
From the decorative to the utilitarian, and from the photographed to the forgotten.
New BRE book considers the progression from project-based knowledge creation to whole-life urban knowledge management.
This CIOB article explores the concept of value in building design and construction.
BREEAM and Measurabl announce integration to improve the financial performance of commercial real estate.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' release new images of soon-to-open 3WTC tower in New York.
A document can be called a bond or a guarantee. Does the name matter and what is the difference between them?
New briefing note is launched focusing on increasing knowledge of housing that promotes health and wellbeing.
Arbitration is a private, contractual form of dispute resolution used in the construction industry.
The European Parliament has approved a revised Energy Performance of Buildings directive.
One in six MPs supports the ring-fencing of retentions as proposed in the 'Aldous Bill'.