COVID-19: The difference in the planning process in England and Wales


21st May 2020

Whilst the whole of the UK is feeling the effects of the spread of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, it is interesting to reflect on the approaches that are being implemented in England and Wales in order to lessen the impact on the planning system.

Beyond the specific changes that have been implemented in order to assist and encourage certain types of development (such as in relation to takeaways or hospital provision), we summarise in the planning download how the planning system in both England and Wales is having to evolve in these unprecedented times.

Download our planning differences PDF to see the variations in:

  • Planning applications
  • Site notices and other publicity
  • Site visits
  • Planning committee meetings
  • Determination
  • Appeals
  • Implementation timescale
  • Enforcement

It is clear that the Planning system, in both England and Wales, is evolving daily to cope with the effects of COVID-19. Indeed, whilst we look forward to seeing the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) and local authorities continue to take up the remote opportunities afforded to them, the planning industry continues to eagerly await how MHCLG (The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government) will tackle any permitted extension to implementation.

Speak to our planning experts if you have any questions regarding the planning process in either England or Wales.

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