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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorArtiglio
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2020
    Good evening, yet another query, does anyone have some knowledge on the planning system, my application and listed building consent have been validated by the council, but at the same time i received an email saying due to the current situation and the need for public consultation the council would be applying a 3 week determination extension to it, so 11 weeks not 8. They’ve asked me to sign a declaration that i’m happy with this. Obviously its far from ideal and i don’t see how sending put letters and putting up the “yellow notice” , receiving comments takes any longer in the current climate than it would any time. Plus why is it necessary for me to agree to it.
    Does doing so effectively paint me into a corner ?
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2020
    You have a choice - either agree in writing, so they're legally released from the 8 wk deadline, or else they have no option but to Refuse! That's how they see it anyway - very careful not to transgress any legality they could be hauled up for.
    • CommentAuthorArtiglio
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2020
    Thank you, i’d better play the game then, they’ve already used the validation process to slow things up for 3 weeks.
    Yes me, ‘tis my job.
    Unfortunate situation but probably easier to keep them on side during these times and just try and get a decision out of them as soon as possible. Keep in touch with them and make sure they have everything they need to avoid any more delays.
    They are all working from home, struggling with remote working etc as we all are, and some will have caring responsibilities, kids etc to look after and home school.
    You don’t have to agree, but appeals against refusals will also take longer.
    LBC are often advertised in the local paper which they can’t do at the moment.
    I for one am grateful that they are still processing applications because if they stop completely, my work basically dries up.
    In normal times, the application will probably have been extended anyway for some other reason, minor change to a detail or something, so don’t sweat it. Good luck. Message me if you need any help!
    • CommentTime7 days ago
    Posted By: Dominic Cooney‘tis my job
    That's handy to know!
    In my experience you're lucky to get the choice - we had an application refused because the case officer couldn't get to site within the 8 week period. Even though I advised them that we would happily accept the extension they acknowledged this and then just refused it anyway as they were worried the 'deemed consent' rules would come into effect.

    Many councils (including ours) are currently not accepting any applications at all, so best to play along and accept the slow grinding process.
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