Legislation has been put in place to enable certain planning permissions and listed building consents which have lapsed or are due to lapse during 2020 to be extended.

This is in recognition of the effect coronavirus has had on the planning system and the construction sector and in particular the delays it has caused to the commencement of new development.

Which planning permissions and listed building consents are extended?

The legislation applies to the following: 

  • Unimplemented planning permissions with time limits for implementation which were due to lapse between 19 August 2020 and 31 December 2020 are automatically extended to 1 May 2021. Applicants are not required to take any further action.
  • Unimplemented planning permissions which lapsed between the periods 23 March 2020 and 19 August 2020 can also be restored and the time limit extended to 1 May 2021 subject to Additional Environmental Approval being granted.
  •  Outline permissions are subject to extension in the same way as other planning permissions. In addition, any deadline for the submission of applications for the approval of reserved matters which would otherwise expire between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 are also extended to 1 May 2021. 

Additional Environmental Approval to extend your planning permission

An application for Additional Environmental Approval can be made by or on behalf of any person with an interest in the land to which the relevant planning permission relates.

Applications must be submitted electronically to and include the following details: 

  • The planning permission to which the application relates
  • The condition(s) which set out the time limit(s) for implementation

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)

If your original planning application didn't need an EIA or HRA, please include in your submission either:

  • A brief explanation of why you consider you still won't need either of these assessments if an application was being made now 
  • Reasons why you think screening might be needed if an application was being made now, along with sufficient information to enable us to undertake screening within 28 days

If your original planning application did need an EIA or HRA, please include:

  • The original assessment(s) or screening(s) and a summary of the key findings.
  • Information on any mitigation measures secured to address environmental effects and the progress towards delivering these measures.
  • A report containing a reasoned explanation as to why you think there have been no changes to environmental circumstances which would make the original screening or assessment out of date. This could include:
    • An analysis of any further committed development proposals which may affect the assessment of cumulative effects, and why you think this does not make the original assessment out of date.
    • A description of any changes to the factual circumstances of the proposed development. This might be things like a new environmental designation, new environmental information or other changes of circumstance. You will also need to explain why you think this does not make the original assessment out of date.
  • Any other relevant information which you think would support the case that the previous screenings or assessments remain up to date.

There is no fee for this application

How to apply

Email: dm@swdevon.gov.uk

The deadline to apply is midnight on Wednesday 2 December 2020

Where can I find more information?

For more detailed guidance, please visit the Gov.UK page.