What are Planning Conditions

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Image credits: Planning Law Blog

Planning Conditions are obligations that limit and control the way in which approved planning permissions may be implemented.

Conditions are often imposed on developments to enhance their quality and mitigate against adverse effects of development, but they also allow development to take place where it would otherwise have been refused permission. They are usually site and application specific.
In accordance with the Town and Planning Country Planning Act 1990, conditions can be imposed by the local authority and the Secretary of State, or by their inspectors, as they “think fit” for a development.
According to the Planning Practice Guidance, planning conditions should have the six tests applied to them prior to imposing them on a development. Conditions should only be imposed where they are:
• Necessary • Relevant to planning • Relevant to the development to be permitted • Enforceable • Precise • Reasonable in all other respects…