Due to the effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic, planning law has been temporarily changed. Existing planning permissions (including outline permission) and listed building consents that had a time limit for implementation between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 have now been automatically extended until 1 May 2021.

However, if your planning permission or outline planning permission expired between 23 March 2020 and 18 August 2020, you will first need to apply for an Additional Environmental Approval.

National guidance can be found via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/extension-of-certain-planning-permissions-draft-guidance

Automatic Extension of Time Limits - Which planning permissions and listed building consents are extended?

Outline Planning Permission

  • Outline Permission that would, or has expired between 19 August 2020 and 31 December 2020 is now automatically extended until 1 May 2021;
  • Outline permission that has expired between 23 March 2020 and 18 August 2020, will require an application for Additional Environmental Approval. If granted, outline permission will then be extended until 1 May 2021. 
  • Any deadline for seeking the approval of reserved matters, which would otherwise or has expired between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, is now automatically extended to 1 May 2021.

Planning permission

  • Planning Permission that would or has expired between 19 August 2020 and 31 December 2020 is now automatically extended until 1 May 2021;
  • Planning permission that has expired between 23 March 2020 and 18 August 2020, will require an application for Additional Environmental Approval. If granted, planning permission will be extended until 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 are not subject to a requirement to obtain Additional Environmental Approval.

Automatic Approvals – what do I have to do?

  • Nothing. For Planning permission and outline permission (that expired 19 August – 31 December 2020) and Listed Building Consent (that expired 23 March – 31st December 2020), these have been automatically extended until the 1st May 2021, and no further action is required.
  • If you would like written confirmation from the Local planning Authority to this effect, please put your request in writing to planning.applications@brighton-hove.gov.uk , and we will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible.

Additional Environmental Approval

How do I apply for an Additional Environmental Approval?

Applications can be made by email to the Council. The Planning Portal does not currently support making an application through their automated system.

Your submission should include the following information:

  • 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

There is no fee payable for this approval. Once you have compiled all of the information, please submit it to planning.applications@brighton-hove.gov.uk or by post addressed to the Head of Planning at Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ.

Decision Making

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