The Development Management Order, which regulates the requirement for and the determination of planning applications, is to be amended to enable more developments to go ahead without the need to go through all of the regulated requirements a second time in order to extend the life of a planning permission.

With effect from 1 October 2012, those planning permissions granted on or before 1 October 2010 and which have not been implemented but have also not expired, may be extended by using the simplified application procedure available for planning permissions granted before 1 October 2009. An application for an extension of time will not require resubmissions of full plans and design and access statements nor will there be a full consultation on the application.

The amendments to the Development Management Order also change the requirements for all decision notices, as Local Planning Authorities must now undertake a possibly onerous task of including a statement explaining how they dealt with the application in a positive and proactive manner based on seeking solutions to problems arising in relation to dealing with a planning application. Some decision notices may therefore be extremely lengthy!