Coronavirus

Planning applications during the coronavirus outbreak

In response to COVID-19 the following measures are in place and are being reviewed regularly.

Applying for permission and commenting on applications

If you wish to submit any correspondence, including new planning applications or to make comments on a planning application, we strongly encourage that these are made by online communication or by email. This is because our office is infrequently staffed and postal services are currently disrupted.

You can apply for planning permission online or email an electronic copy of the submission to planning.portal@kirklees.gov.uk. Cheques cannot be accepted.

You can comment on a planning application online or email dc.admin@kirklees.gov.uk


Guidance: modification of planning conditions relating to construction working hours

There is a new temporary fast track deemed consent route under section 74B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. This is to enable urgent changes to construction working hours to support safe construction working in line with the government's latest social distancing guidance on construction and other outdoor work.

Apply to modify construction working hours

What applicants need to provide

  • Planning permission the application relates to
  • Existing agreed construction working hours
  • Details to identify the condition or approved document such as construction management plan which details the working hours
  • Proposed revised construction working hours
  • Date the revised construction working hours should take effect
  • Date when the application is sent
  • Date when the revised construction working hours should cease to have effect (no later than 1st April 2021).

To aid swift decision making, applicants should also provide

  • A short justification for why extended hours are necessary to enable safe working practices on site
  • A list of the primary construction activities expected to take place during the extended working hours, including plant and equipment to be used
  • A proportionate assessment (where relevant) of the likely impact of noise upon sensitive uses near to the site (for example: dwellings, hospitals and, care homes).

Statutory notices

We are currently undertaking the legal statutory publicity requirements, as set out at Table 1 in the Kirklees Development Management Charter.

This means that you should search for planning applications to view any new applications.

Neighbour Notification letters will be sent in accordance with the criteria set out in the Kirklees Development Management Charter. These will be sent by post but, to assist interested parties, the time period to make comments has been extended from 21 days to 35 days.

Site notices and press advertisements publicising applications continue to be undertaken in accordance with statutory requirements.


Extended permissions

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the Government have introduced legislation to enable certain planning permissions and listed building consents in England, which have lapsed or are due to lapse during 2020, to be extended. The qualifying dates are for planning permissions which were due to expire or will expire between 23 March 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Government guidance: Extension of certain planning permissions: guidance

Permissions which expired between 23 March 2020 and 18 August 2020

These will require the submission of an application for Additional Environmental Approval (AEA): Apply for Additional Environmental Approval (AEA)

Permissions which expire between 19 August 2020 and 31 December 2020

These are automatically extended to 1st May 2021.

Apply for Additional Environmental Approval

Submit applications to planning.portal@kirklees.gov.uk. The information requirements set out in point 12 of the guidance should be provided with any submission.