Additional environmental approvals

The Government have introduced a new 'interim' application type to allow applicants to extend their permissions that expired over a specific period of the Coronavirus pandemic

In recognition of the effect Coronavirus has had on the planning system and the construction sector, certain planning permissions and listed building consents which have lapsed or due to lapse during 2020 can be extended.

Types of planning permissions that are extended

The following planning permissions have been extended:

Full planning permission and outline planning permission

Unimplemented full planning and outline permissions with time limits for implementation which were due to lapse between 19 August 2020 (when the provisions came into force) and 31 December 2020 are extended to 1 May 2021. This happens automatically, with no requirement to obtain Additional Environmental Approval from the Local Planning Authority.

In addition, unimplemented planning permissions with time limits for implementation which passed between 23 March 2020 and 19 August 2020 are also restored and the time limit extended to 1 May 2021, but these are subject to Additional Environmental Approval being granted from the Local Planning Authority.

Reserved matters applications

Applications for the approval of reserved matters required under an outline planning permission which would otherwise expire between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 are extended to 1 May 2021. 

Listed building consent

All listed building consents with a time limit for implementation between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 will be extended to 1 May 2021. Listed building consents will not be subject to a requirement to obtain Additional Environmental Approval.

Applying for additional environmental approval

Applications must be made in writing and submitted electronically to planning@fenland.gov.uk

The application must specify the date which it has been sent and provide:

  • sufficient information to identify the relevant planning permission (the application reference);
  • condition in respect of which it is made, which sets out the time limit for implementation;
  • any condition(s) or other agreements which relate to environmental mitigation or enhancement measures; and
  • whether the original permission was to subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment and or a habitats 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, applicants should also provide details of:

  • 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 a reasoned explanation of why in the applicant's view there have been no changes to 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 in the applicant's view this does not make the original assessment out of date
  • Any other relevant information which would in the applicant's view support the case that the previous screenings or assessments remain up to date.

If the original planning permission was granted without the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment or a Habitats Regulations Assessment, applicants should provide a brief explanation of why they consider it remains the case that neither of these assessments would be needed if an application for planning permission was being made now.

If the original planning permission was granted without the need for screening for an Environmental Impact Assessment or a Habitats Regulations Assessment, but an applicant thinks that screening might be needed if an application for planning permission was being made now and that the screening would show that no substantive assessment was required, then it should provide sufficient information to enable the authority to undertake screening within the 28-day period. 

Applications should be determined within a 28 day timescale, or where the applicant and local planning authority have agreed in writing to an extension of not more than 21 days, the timescale as extended. 

Applicants should submit applications no later than 2 December 2020. 

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