Chelmsford City Council

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Temporary extension of some planning permissions

The government has introduced temporary new laws to modify existing planning regulations. This is to extend certain planning permissions and listed building consents in England that have lapsed or are due to lapse during 2020. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This extension will allow the commencement of some planning permissions and listed building consents without the need for a new full application.

If you have unimplemented planning permissions that are due to lapse between 19 August and 31 December 2020, the deadline is now 1 May 2021. This happens automatically, meaning you don’t need to get Additional Environmental Approval.

If your unimplemented planning permissions are due to lapse between 23 March and 19 August 2020, the deadline is also now 1 May 2021. However, this is subject to us granting Additional Environmental Approval.

You can download a form to apply for Additional Environmental Approval.

You need to email your completed applications and supporting documents to the address stated on the form, with the subject as ‘Application for Additional Environmental Approval’.

We are unable to grant Additional Environmental Approval for net new dwellings if the site falls within a Zone of Influence around a designated site. This is because a Habitats Regulations Assessment would need to be carried out. Most of our district falls within a Zone of Influence. If this is the case, you will need to make a new full planning application.

You can visit the GOV.UK website to read further information about extending planning permissions and the applications for Additional Environmental Approval.

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    Last updated: 14 August 2020

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