Development schemes often change. The recent case of Finney has restricted the scope of the mechanism, s73 applications, most widely used to achieve these. Understanding what changes can and can’t now be made using this procedure is extremely important. Developers need to know how to frame the description of the development to allow maximum flexibility in the use of s73 in the future.

Planning partner Alex Ground discusses s73 applications and, following Finney, considers the other options open to developers to achieve changes to permissions. Also, following another recent case of Lambeth, how s73 permissions need to be interpreted.

The moral is - don’t get tripped up by ignoring old permissions.