Outline Planning Consent - Some matters reserved

You can use our pre-application service on proposals for outline planning permission to find out, at an early stage, whether or not your proposal is likely to be supported by us, before you incur any substantial costs. This type of application allows fewer details about the proposal to be submitted. These outstanding details may be agreed through a reserved matters application at a later stage.

Reserved matters could include:

  • Appearance - aspects of a building or place which affect the look, 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 up to other road and pathways outside the site;
  • Landscaping - the improvement or protection of the amenities of the site and the surrounding area, this could include the planting of trees or hedges as a screen;
  • Layout - includes buildings, routes and open spaces within the development and the way they are laid out in relation to buildings and spaces outside of the development;
  • Scale - includes information on the size of the development, including the height, width and length of each proposed building.

Whilst some applications are straightforward, and a decision can be made by us without detailed information, other proposals may need more information to be provided. It is a good idea to talk to us as to how much information might need to be included before you submit your outline planning application using the pre-application process.

Once outline planning permission has been granted, a reserved matters application must be made within three years of the consent (or a lesser period if specified by a condition on the original outline approval, including any conditions attached to the permission).

To submit an application for Outline planning consent, you can apply only at the National Planning Portal or you can download the relevant forms below:

Please make sure you submit one original copy of the application form, together with one original copy of the plans and supporting information. You can also pay for your application by cheque, credit or debit card. For more information on this service, please visit our planning application fees and how to pay page.

For information on ownership certificates or planning application fees, please visit the following webpages below:

You can also download the relevant Notices below:

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