Decision details

Business and Planning Bill 2020

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Strategy Lead Specialist presented the Business and Planning Bill 2020 report, which provided Members with an awareness of the changes to the planning system proposed in the Business and Planning Act 2020.


The Strategy Lead Specialist informed Members that the Business and Planning Act 2020 had received Royal Assent on 22 July 2020 and it was part of the Government’s response to the COVID emergency. He went on to outline the three main areas of change to the planning system which were as follows:


(1)        A right for applicants to apply for the temporary variation of conditions restricting the hours during which construction work can take place;


(2)        Measures to extend the life of planning permissions which are about to expire or have recently expired; and


(3)        Measures to give greater flexibility to the Secretary of State and Planning

Inspectors to decide whether appeals should be determined by public inquiry, informal hearing or written representations.


The Strategy Lead Specialist outlined the changes in further detail and responded to questions raised by Members.




(1)        the report be noted; and


(2)        in light of the Council decision on 28 July 2020 the determination of applications under Sections 16,17 and 18 of the Business and Planning Act be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services.

Publication date: 10/09/2020

Date of decision: 30/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 30/07/2020 - Planning Committee

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