Planning Permission (Reserved Matters/Technical Details)

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Applications for approval of the reserved matters seek consent for the components of Outline Planning Permissions and Permissions in Principle.

These applications are required to make the original applications up into a full planning permission.

Reserved matters following an outline planning permission will deal only with the reserved matters selected by the original applicant within the outline planning permission. These could 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 relation 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

Technical Details Consent following the grant of a Permission in Principle is required to deal with the following reserved matters. This list is fixed in law.

  • appearance – aspects of a building or place which affect the way it looks, including the exterior of the development
  • 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 relation 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

Only following approval of the reserved matters can you lawfully commence the development approved.

Applications for Reserved Matters carry a fee penalty levying the full planning fee for the development as if it were a full planning permission. In England at the time of writing this is £462.00 per dwelling up to and including 50 dwellings.

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