Property developers call for lifetime of planning permissions review
In August 2005 the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 changed the lifetime of planning permissions from 5 years to 3 years.
This basically means that planning permission grants would only be valid for 3 years. However, during the current economic climate developers have been finding this clause extremely restricting as if they obtain planning permission, but then have to delay projects the grant could expire before they can reinstate the project.
If this happens they have to submit a new application with costs of anything up to £250,000. Everyone is trying to save money to get through the economic downturn and if the lifetime of planning permission was brought back to 5 years this would give developers more leeway.
The Department for Communities and Local Government have announced that in, Summer 2009, they will launch a consultation process to reinstate the time period for the lifetime of planning permission to 5 years.