Supporting the reopening of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes

Under new planning law all pubs,restaurants and cafes can provide takeaway food, that is hot or cold food for collection or delivery, to be eaten off the premises without the need for planning permission.

But, you must tell the planning team you plan to run as a takeaway before you start the business. Please email

Your email must include:

  • address of the site to be run as a takeaway;
  • proof of the previous use of the premises;
  • details of how you propose to run the business. These include the parts of the building/land to be used and the proposed hours of running; and date you propose to start and end the take-away business.

The government has allowed such use until 23 March 2022. The new use must stop before this date.

If you want to run beyond this date, you must submit a planning application. You must propose to carry on using the premises as a takeaway, well in advance of 23 March 2022.

If you are not currently operating as a lawful pub, restaurant or café, you cannot use this change. You must apply for planning permission as usual. As well as this, there may be conditions attached to previous planning permissions. These may either restrict or stop you using these rights.

Read the legislation that set up the new Permitted Development Right.

Outdoor Hospitality – Permitted development for temporary moveable structures

The government has issued permitted development rights for ‘moveable structures’ such as outdoor shelters and marquees for hospitality businesses and heritage attractions to help them during COVID recovery and minimise people needing to gather in enclosed spaces – e.g. pubs, restaurants, drinking establishments with expanded food provision, cafes and historic visitor attractions.

  • There is guidance on the conditions that need to be met for them to be considered ‘outdoors’.
  • They can have a roof, but must have at least half of the area of their walls open at all times whilst in use. The moveable structure may not be used for the display of adverts.
  • Listed buildings will be able to benefit from the right where the temporary structure would not affect the character of a building of special architectural or historic interest.
  • The permitted development rights will apply until 01/02/22

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2021

Ministerial Statement 25th March 2021



Temporary outdoor events

To make it easier for outdoor events to take place the government has extended permitted development rights for the temporary change of use of land until 31st December 2021.

The time limits are now 28 days for holding a market or motor car and motorcycle racing, and from 56 days for any other purpose.

This makes it easier to host markets, stalls, marquees, car boot sales and summer fairs.

This rule applies to land only and not buildings. The rule does not apply to land which is part of a listed building or used to display an advert.

Class BA, Part 4 GPDO
Amendment - extend time

Planning applications

We are following Government advice and will be continuing to provide the best planning  service we can during the COVID-19 crisis.  We recognise that by keeping the planning  system functioning we can play an important role in supporting the local economy.

Planning applications

By working remotely we are able to process and consult on existing and new planning  applications and to issue decisions using our existing delegated powers.

From 10th June 2021 Planning Committee will be held in the Council Chamber at the Crowndale Centre, however, while social distancing requirements remain in place, space in the meeting room is extremely limited. Therefore, persons making valid deputation requests will be sent instructions about how to participate remotely in the meeting. 

Pre application

We are also continuing to provide our full pre-application advice service and we are running  Strategic Panel, Development Management Forums, Developer Briefings and Design Review Panel meetings remotely. Our expectation and aspiration is that engagement on proposals at the pre-application stage should provide the same reach and level of debate and interaction.

We are keen to experiment with new and alternative means of engagement to encourage a wider participation in planning particularly from hard to reach groups. Please let us know if you are interested in trialling new engagement methods at

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Extension of planning permission and listed building consent

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on 18th August 2020 new legislation came into force extending planning permission and listed building consent due to expire between 23rd March 2020 and 21st December 2020 granting them until 1st May 2021.

Permissions and consents which expired between 18th August 2020 and the 31st December 2020 were automatically granted the extension. 

Permission and consent which expired between 23rd March 2020 and 18th August 2020 were required to make an application for an ‘additional environmental approval’ in order to revive the lapsed permission or consent and grant the extension.   

Business and Planning Act 2020 - Sections 17-19
Guidance on Extending Permissions

Construction management

We have produced interim guidance for developers and residents on Construction Management Plans (CMPs) during the Covid-19 situation.

The guidance includes:

  • new sites where a CMP is yet to be submitted;
  • setting up and running online Construction Working Groups (CWG);
  • requests for extension of approved working hours as controlled by a CMP; and
  • working hours extension form

Interim guidance for Construction Management during Covid-19 (PDF)

Extension to working hours form - CMP scheme (MSWord doc)

We have also produced a document for residents and businesses. This explains how we will deal with requests for extensions to working hours.

Information for residents and business (PDF)

On 13 May 2020, the government published a written ministerial statement on planning and construction working hours. This statement expects local planning authorities to approve requests to extend construction working hours temporarily. This is to ensure safe working in line with social distancing guidelines. It also enables sites to proceed at pace with work otherwise delayed as a result of COVID-19. The working hours are Monday to Saturday until 9pm unless there are very compelling reasons against this. 

A ministerial statement published on 25 March 2021 stated that the approach to construction working hours due to COVID-19, are to remain in place until 30 September 2021.