The implications of automatically extending consents due to lapse in the pandemic

Plans to allow automatic extensions to planning permissions that are due to lapse during the Covid-19 crisis have finally been confirmed by the government, to the relief of the development sector. But the new measures throw up some potential challenges for decision-makers and developers where consents have already lapsed, say observers.

Review: Opening up public space

The Walthamstow Wetlands project has opened up reservoirs and areas around them in north east London with a simple network of paths, finds Ian Hingley.