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COVID-19: Planning guidance

In times of economic uncertainty the desire to preserve value wherever possible is more important than ever. Developers who have invested significant time, energy and money in securing planning permissions will be particularly keen to ensure that the value of their investments are not lost.

Prior to this crisis the need for development, particularly residential development, was acute and this need remains real and unmet. As the economic engine begins to crank back into action the need for viable sites to sustain employment in the construction sector, and all of its ancillary industries, will be crucial.

In order for the country's economic recovery to resemble the sharp 'V' hoped for then the planning system must adapt to our new reality quickly and deliver a pipeline of new and where required amended existing schemes to fuel our economic recovery.

This note summarises some of the main planning responses to the COVID-19 crisis. It addresses measures already put in place and others which are not yet formalised but which we propose could help to kick start an economic revival.

Please click on the following links for more information.

The story so far: new law, and new permitted development rights

The story not yet told: keeping planning permissions alive; amending section 106 agreements and CIL