One issue that has become clear is the need, in some instances, for more physical space to accommodate social distancing and safer operations to enable businesses to operate as effectively as they can.
Temporary structures/buildings (for example portacabins, portable buildings, portable welfare blocks) may provide a solution to this issue on a temporary basis. We have received a number of queries about the installation of temporary structures/buildings since the onset of Covid-19 and this guidance is therefore seeking to offer clarification on our approach to these matters.
In most instances temporary structures/buildings require planning permission, in some instances for any time period and in some instances if they are to be in place for longer than 28 days of a year. Given the current COVID-19 situation, Newark and Sherwood District Council is seeking to allow temporary structures/buildings without planning permission in certain circumstances, for approximately five months initially (until the 31 March 2021), to ensure the successful running of existing businesses and organisations in the district, whilst adhering to the government’s COVID-19 guidance.
It is important to note, this does not apply to residential properties.
Our Temporary Structures Guidance (PDF File, 611kb) provides further guidance, including information regarding what is required to be be sent to us for assessment.
Our Planning Officers will make an assessment of this information to determine whether the proposal is acceptable. We will seek to make this determination within ten working days. If we are unable to meet this timescale we will endeavour to communicate with you to provide you with a revised suitable timescale. We may impose controls on the way in which temporary structures are used (for example limit them to day time use to reduce noise to neighbours).