The government has announced it will extend planning permission deadlines in a bid to save permissions for hundreds of building projects which have yet to commence, from expiring.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLA) revealed on Monday afternoon that projects with an expiration date between the beginning of lockdown (the UK entered lockdown on 23 March) and the end of 2020 will have their permission extended to April 2021.
This announcement forms part of the government’s measures to encourage building in the UK, entitled ‘New plans to get Britain building in coronavirus recovery’.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Building the homes the country needs is central to the mission of this government and is an important part of our plans to recover from the impact of the coronavirus.
“New laws will enable us to save hundreds of construction sites from being cancelled before they have a chance to get spades in the ground, helping to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs and create many