arc planning secures permission for Crossrail worksite

arcWorking on behalf of Hochtief / Murphy JV (HMJV), arc planning have secured approval for an additional worksite area in Plumstead, RB Greenwich for the Crossrail project. HMJV contract involves driving a 2.6km long twin bore tunnel from its launch portal in Plumstead, south east London, and under the Thames to its reception portal in North Woolwich, just south of London City airport.

Arc planning provided a full environmental screening report to accompany a Certificate of Lawfulness application to ensure approval of the works, helping to ensure delivery of the works in association with the North Kent Line extension at Plumstead.

Deemed discharge of planning conditions to be introduced

The Government has now completed its consideration on the consultation on how a deemed discharge of planning conditions could operate in practice and has announced its intention to introduce secondary legislation on the procedural detail of a deemed discharge once the primary power is confirmed (see link below).

A deemed discharge would mean that the condition would be treated as approved (deemed to be discharged) where a decision has not been made on the application by the local planning authority within a prescribed period The measure would retain safeguards (appropriate exemptions for the most sensitive types of condition, a notice procedure to ensure that a deemed discharge will never be a surprise to a local planning authority) and flexibility to promote discussion between the local planning authority and the applicant (a deemed discharge would need to be activated and would not be automatic and timings can be changed if there is agreement).