A material commencement of the approved development will keep the planning permission ‘live’ provide that you have first complied with any pre-commencement conditions that may apply to the planning permission (e.g. the need to seek prior written approval of the materials to be used, or the details of landscaping works and or tree protection measures, etc.)
A ‘material commencement’ may be deemed to have been carried out by any building operations which may include:
- Demolition of buildings*
- Structural alterations of or additions to buildings
- Other operations normally undertaken by a person carrying on business as a builder
(*Prior notification will be required to be given to the Local Authority prior to demolition taking place to enable them to assess whether demolition may require an Environmental Impact Assessment to be carried out) Prior to a material commencement of development taking place the developer should ensure that any other necessary permissions have been obtained, including approval of Building Regulation requirements.