COVID-19: Permitted development to go

Pubs and restaurants are now able to operate as hot food takeaways under changes to permitted development rules brought into force on 24 March 2020. The Town and Country Planning Act (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 follows a series of announcements by the Government to support businesses forced to close amid the current…

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Coronavirus Bill: Local Authority Meetings

In committee stage in the Commons on 23 March, an amendment was made bringing in a new clause which deals with local authority meetings. Summary of clause: The Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers will be able to make regulations relating to— (a) requirements to hold local authority meetings (b) the times at or by…

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Public procurement regulations and COVID-19

Yesterday (18th March 2020) afternoon saw the government release the first Procurement Policy Note (PPN) of the year, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. PPN 01/20 recognises that the public health crisis will mean contracting authorities will need to urgently procure goods, services and works. The PPN identifies a number of ways contracting authorities…

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