We mentioned in our recent briefing on the new growth and planning initiatives that the ability to extend planning permissions was being extended for a further twelve months. That measure has now been enacted.

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2010 (DMPO) has been amended to extend the time developments can take advantage of exemptions in the Order.

Developments that have received planning permission that are still within their time limit but where work has not yet begun will not have to re-submit design and access statements, conduct full consultations, or provide full plans and drawings when applying for a replacement planning permission.

The amended Order applies the exemptions to those seeking a new planning permission to replace an existing planning permission where the original was granted on or before 1 October 2010.

The benefit of the measure applies only to developments where building has not begun and the time limit for that work to begin has not passed. The Order previously only applied the exemptions to permissions granted before October 2009.

The practical effect of this measure is, therefore, that outline planning permissions granted prior to 1 October 2010 which required submission of all reserved matters before 1 October 2013 can be extended during the next twelve months under the streamlined procedure.

The amendments to the Order come into force on 1 October 2012.