Planning conditions exist to support development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms to proceed. They are a significant way of ensuring regulation and are therefore a useful tool for Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) to control development.
There are, however, disadvantages, which often see developers laden with multiple conditions to be discharged prior to gaining permission to even commence their development; it can be an expensive and time-consuming exercise while challenging house builders to try and reach completion prior to planning permission running out.
In order to ease the strain on LPA’s and developers alike and to reduce the delay between planning permission being granted and the commencement of work on the site, the Government has introduced the new regulations regarding pre-commencement conditions.
From the beginning of this month there are new regulations regarding pre-commencement conditions. The changes now mean that:
- LPA’s must get written agreement between the applicant (and Rural Solutions acting as your planning agent) and themselves to attach pre-commencement conditions to a full planning permission.
- The time limit for comments back to the LPA with regard their ask on agreeing pre-commencement conditions is 10 working days.