Retailers will be able to extend their daily opening hours from Monday to Saturday in the run up to Christmas and through January.
Under the government’s new tiered restrictions, in every tier, all shops will be allowed to reopen, giving people the opportunity to shop in person for gifts for family and friends during the festive season.
Restrictions may be imposed by individual local authorities when they grant planning permission for individual stores.
In normal circumstances, a retailer would need to apply to remove or vary such a condition under section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. This can be a lengthy process, taking several weeks or more.
The measures announced make it clear to local planning authorities that they should take a positive approach when engaging with retailers who wish to extend their retail opening hours and look to relaxing local restrictions where possible
First published 30 November 2020