Outline - What is an outline application?
Applications for planning permission for the erection of buildings may be made initially without full details of all design elements of the proposal (i.e. access, appearance, landscaping, layout or scale). These are applications for outline planning permission.
There are two types of outline application:
- those where all of the detailed design elements are reserved for future approval and
- those where some elements are reserved and others included in the outline submission
Rules for Outline applications
Changes to legislation (with effect from 10 August 2006) mean that it is now necessary for outline applications to be accompanied by more than just the bare minimum of a location plan.
Applications should include information on the uses proposed for the site, together with any distinct development zones, and indicate the amount of development proposed for each use.
- Where layout is reserved for future approval, the outline application must show the approximate location of buildings, routes and open spaces within the site;
- Where scale is reserved for future approval, the outline application must state the upper and lower limits of the height, width and length of each of the proposed buildings; and
- Where access is reserved for future approval, the outline application must indicate the areas where access points to the development are proposed.
If an outline application is approved it will need to be followed up by applications for the approval of reserved matters.
Follow this link to download the relevant application forms and validation checklists.
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