New planning legislation
The Chief Planning Officer’s newsletter is regularly published on GOV.UK and provides updates to the national planning system.
We have introduced new guidance on temporary structures to help businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Until 23 March 2022, we will allow temporary structures and buildings to be placed on land without planning permission in certain circumstances. This is to enable businesses to expand their footprint to support social distancing measures.
This is in addition to the introduction of 'permissive pavement licences' announced in July 2020, which has fast tracked the procedure for adding seating outside cafes and restaurants.
We are committed to supporting local businesses in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure will proactively allow businesses to accept more customers and accommodate employees whilst following the Government’s COVID-19 guidance.
Any existing business or organisation wishing to erect (or which has already erected) a temporary structure for coronavirus-related reasons on private land should contact the Development Control Team and provide:
- Business name, contact details of a named individual
- A site location plan
- A location plan including the location of the structure
- A description of the structure, including sizes and dimensions
- A description of how you plan to make the structure safe, such as wind loading, flame retardancy and anchorage/stability
- When the structure was erected or when do you plan to erect it
- Photos of the site including the area where the temporary structure will be located, and
- A brief overview of what the structure will be used for (including the hours it will be used for) and why the structure is required (related to Covid-19)
- Written confirmation that the building or structure will be removed by the end date, unless planning permission has been obtained
Following an initial assessment, we will either approve the proposal or work with the business to make and suggest alterations or amendments to mitigate any concerns.
- Where concerns cannot be mitigated, a formal planning application may be required.
- If the work will directly impact on a listed building, listed building consent will be required.
- The initiative does not include residential properties.