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Changing your planning application

Extending the time limit for implementation

The term ‘time limit for implementation’ refers to a condition attached to an approval notice that states the development must begin no later than a certain date.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has made temporary changes to allow some types of development to extend their start date.

What you need to do

If your time limit for implementation expires between 23 March and 19 August 2020

If you had planning permission or listed building consent, and your time limit for implementation was set between 23 March and 19 August 2020, this can be extended until 1 May 2021. To do this you need apply for additional environmental approval (details below)

If your time limit for implementation expires between 19 August and 31 December 2020

If you had planning permission or listed building consent, and your time limit for implementation was set between 19 August 2020 and 31 December 2020, your term will automatically be extended until 1 May 2021. There is no need to contact the council.

Listed building consent

If you have listed building consent, and your time limit for implementation is set between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, it will automatically be extended to 1 May 2021.

Listed building consents will not be required to obtain additional environmental approval.

How to apply for additional environmental approval

If your permission expires between 23 March and 19 August 2020, you can apply to extend it by applying for additional environmental approval.

There is no fee or form for this, but you must include the following:

  • the reference number of the relevant approval notice
  • the reference number of the condition on the approval notice that imposes the time limit for implementation
  • the reference number of any conditions which relate to environmental mitigation or enhancement measures
  • a copy of any agreements associated with the permission which relate to environmental mitigation or enhancement measures
  • whether the original permission was subject to an environmental impact assessment and/or a habitats regulation assessment, or screening for either type of assessment

If the original planning permission was subject to one or both of the above assessments, or screening for either, please also provide:

  • the original assessment(s) or screening(s) and a summary of the key findings
  • information on any mitigation measures secured to address environmental effects, and the progress toward delivering these measures
  • an environmental report containing an explanation of why, in the applicant’s view, there have been no changes to the environmental circumstances which would make the original screening or assessment out of date. For example, it may be appropriate to include:
    • an analysis of any further committed development proposals which may affect the assessment of cumulative effects, and why in the applicant’s view this does not make the original assessment out of date
    • a description of any changes to the factual circumstances of the proposed development, such as a new environmental designation, new environmental information or other changes of circumstance, and an analysis of why this does not make the original assessment out of date
  • any other relevant information which you feel would  support the case that the previous screenings or assessments remain up to date

apply for additional environmental approval by emailing planning.support@n-somerset.gov.uk with all the relevant information

Processing timeline

Once the required information is received, we have 28 days to make our decision, unless you agree a longer period.