Outline Planning Permission with some matters reserved (PF05)

An application for outline planning permission with some matters reserved can be used as a way of establishing the principle of development at an early stage. The submission of less information is required up front than with a full planning application.

Even if some matters are reserved, detailed consideration will always need to be given at the outline planning permission stage to the use and amount of development and sufficient information will need to be provided to address these issues.

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.

If one or more of the above is not dealt with at the outline planning permission stage then a separate reserved matters application(s) will need to be submitted at a later date.

The statutory determination period for this type of application is 13 weeks from the date the application is valid for a major development8 weeks in all other cases.

Guidance Notes

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.