sorry for not being clear
he emailed me at 6pm asking for my consent for an extension of time to file defence (he needed another 4weeks).since then he has filed his defence but the notice for hearing application which is lagging behind has now come up for a hearing
he submitted an application notice next day -an order for an extension of time for filing defence .
when I wrote back to him stating that I consented to his application he stated that he had already filed an application notice(as he had deadlines to meet )
excellent thank you this explains everything I needed to know
thank you for you're advice. I attended the hearing and successfully argued no order as to costs(defendant was represented by a legal representative)