An application for outline planning permission can be used as a way of establishing the general principle of development at an early stage. Less information is required to be submitted up front than with a full planning application.
Detailed consideration will, however, always need to be given to the use and amount of development. Therefore, even if all matters are reserved, sufficient information must to be provided to address these matters.
If outline planning permission is granted further details are agreed at a later stage via the submission of a reserved matters application(s).
The reserved matters can include:
- appearance - aspects of a building or place which affect the way it looks, including the exterior of the development
- means of access - covers accessibility for all routes to and within the site, as well as the way they link up to other roads and pathways outside the site
- landscaping - the improvement or protection of the amenities of the site and the area and the surrounding area, this could include planting trees or hedges as a screen;
- layout - includes buildings, routes and open spaces within the development and the way they are laid out in relations to buildings and spaces outside the development;
- scale - includes information on the size of the development, including the height, width and length of each proposed building.
The statutory determination period for this type of application is 13 weeks from the date the application is valid for a major development, 8 weeks in all other cases.
What you need to submit
The list below details supporting documents that may need to be submitted as part of your application. Please refer to each section below in order to determine whether or not you need to submit it as part of your application.