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 DMPO.
Developments that have received planning permission and (1) are still within their time limit, and (2) building 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 DMPO applies the aforementioned exemptions to those development seeking a new planning permission to replace an existing planning permission where the original was granted on or before 1 October 2010 (previously this was 1 October 2009.)
Also, Article 31 of the DMPO sets out a requirement for local planning authorities to give notice of their decision or determination of a planning application. In their decision notices, local authorities must include a statement explaining how the local planning authority has worked with the applicant in a positive and proactive manner, based on seeking solutions to problems arising in relation to dealing with a planning application.
The amendments to the Order come into force on 1 October 2012, with the provisions on decision notices coming into force on 1 December 2012.