From 1 October The Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Amendment No.3) (England) Order 2009 will be in force.

This sets out the procedure for applications made under the new s96A of the Town and Country Planning Act (as inserted by the Planning Act 2008) for non-material changes to planning permission. It also amends the procedure for applications made under s73 to replace an extant planning permission, by removing the requirement for design and access statements and plans or drawings to be submitted with the application, as well as modifying the consultation requirements.

The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2009 come into force on the same day and also remove the requirements for design and access statements in respect of applications for listed building or conservation area consent where there is an extant permission.