Under section 74B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 you can now apply for urgent changes to construction working hours. This is to support safe construction working in line with the government’s latest social distancing guidance on construction and other outdoor work.
Local authorities have 14 calendar days to consider such applications. If an application is approved, this will temporarily amend planning restrictions on construction working hours until 1 April 2021. An earlier end date may be requested by the applicant or decided by the local planning authority with the agreement of the applicant.
If the local planning authority does not determine the application within 14 days (excluding public holidays), the revised working hours are deemed to have been consented to and construction can take place in accordance with these new hours.
For further guidance you can view the Planning legislation.
Please note that applications can only be made online.