• Nicky Frost

Government urged to extend planning permissions

Calls are being made on the government to protect the construction industry by extending all planning permissions by a year.

Construction work has ground to a halt on many sites across the UK and builders’ representatives - National Federation of Builders (NFB) and the House Builders Association (HBA) are urging the government to extend all planning permissions to prevent them from lapsing during the lockdown.

Builders and housing developers fear that where current permissions lapse, projects will have to re-submit to the planning process once work resumes. This will stall work and delay the nation’s return to full economic productivity.

Extending planning permissions is just one of a package of measures put forward.