Rescuing the three-year planning permission

    September 2009

    In the heady days of 2005, the Government reduced the default time period for implementing planning permissions from five to three years in an attempt to prevent alleged land banking and delays in bringing developments to the market. They also made a complementary change to Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (which allows developers to apply for permission not to comply with planning conditions or to vary the conditions), preventing the section from being used to extend the time for implementing a permission. In these straitened times, those changes are now causing problems.