Virtual planning meetings to take place during the coronavirus outbreak

Th UK Government has announced new powers for local authorities to hold planning meetings virtually during social distancing measures.

By Hugh Metcalf | 6 April 2020

The UK Government has announced new powers for councils so that public planning meetings can take place online during social distancing measures.

house planning laptop main

Image: Energepic

If you’ve embarked on a self-build project, the coronavirus outbreak will have undoubtedly affected your project’s timeline. However, this isn’t only the case if your building work has started, but also if you’re in the planning stages, as many industries have ground to a halt during social distancing measures.

However, the Government has announced some relief for those seeking planning permission as it has given councils the power to now host planning meetings virtually.

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP explained: “It’s critical that [local authorities] continue to provide essential services and find innovative ways to maintain important economic functions they perform like the planning system and they will now be able to do so.”