After a slight reduction during the lockdown period, the number of planning applications submitted to local planning authorities across the country is rising. Most applications were for commercial purposes, though a slight reduction in retail applications. More details here.
The Government has made further announcements to how the planning system should respond to the current coronavirus pandemic. There are changes to how planning applications can be publicised and determined, and changes to CIL. See a short overview on our YouTube channel.
The Planning Inspectorate have announced that more appeals will now be progressed through virtual sessions, to speed up Hearings and Inquiries. This is in response to the coronavirus, which put a temporary halt on all events. But the measures could continue into the future as an alternative to the traditional 'round the table' events.
We have produced a short video to explain how the coronavirus lockdown is affecting planning applications and planning appeals.