Webinar - Varying Planning Permissions

Wednesday 03 February 2021

Varying Planning Permissions



The UK planning code does not include an express statutory power to vary planning permissions, save for the very limited ability to make “non-material amendments” under section 96A of the 1990 Act. In practice, variations are achieved using the power under section 73 of the 1990 Act to apply for a new planning permission without complying with conditions subject to which a previous permission was granted. But the cracks in this make-do-and-mend approach have grown wider as a result of recent case law. We will discuss the current state of the law on varying planning permissions, the impact of recent case law including Lambeth and Finney, explain the practical implications for developers, landlords, tenants and funders, and propose some possible ideas for reform.

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