On 22 July, the final day before the House of Commons broke up for its summer recess, the Government secured Royal Assent for its Business and Planning Act, which contains a series of measures designed to keep the economy ticking over during the coronavirus pandemic.

Carina Wentzel appears in Planning Magazine saying developers will also have to be careful to ensure that their proposals to vary site hours do not "inadvertently" fall foul of section 106 obligations relevant to construction management. "Developers should also keep in mind that, unless specifically authorised by Parliament, planning permission does not authorise a nuisance – for example in relation to noise. So, it remains important to keep the local community informed and to act reasonably when seeking to extend construction hours."

How the Business and Planning Act changes the system is available to read on the Planning Magazine website via subscription. 

The planning team at Russell-Cooke consists of partners Alex Ground and John Webster and associate Amanda Brodie. Carina Wentzel has left Russell-Cooke since this article was submitted.