The Written Ministerial Statement by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick permitting extended site working hours has been extended until 30 September 2021. The statement makes it clear that local planning authorities in England should not refuse requests to extend working hours on construction sites up to 9pm, Monday to Saturday, without very compelling reasons. In some cases, such as in areas without residential properties, 24‐hour working may be justified.

Requests should be made to the local planning authority which should aim to issue a decision within 10 working days, and the Government has published FAQs with further information.