Outline planning permission (or outline approval) is frequently requested initially in order to determine whether the planned new home or development is acceptable to the local planning authority. If the outline authorization is granted, a complete proposal is submitted. The planning authority may then ask for modifications to the proposal or rejection of it altogether. In some cases, outline permissions are required before building work can start.
It's possible to build using outline planning permission, but only if the full scheme is later approved at county hall. You should check what conditions have been attached to any outline permission you're considering using. If there are any concerns about the viability of the project, or issues such as access, parking or landscaping that need resolving, this could affect your decision to go ahead.
In most cases, outline permissions are valid for up to five years. After this time, you'll need to apply for formal planning consent for any works not included in the original application. It's important to note that if you do go ahead with building without getting proper planning consent, this could lead to an enforcement action being taken against you. For example, your house might be unoccupied for several months each year and so wouldn't meet with local housing needs; this would be unacceptable during times of shortage when every home is needed.
Before submitting a fully detailed project, applicants seeking outline planning clearance attempt to determine if the scale and character of a planned development will be acceptable to the local planning authority. This sort of planning application allows for the submission of less details regarding the idea. Applicants need to include information about what kind of development they want to submit and why it is suitable for their site. They also need to provide evidence that the proposal would not cause significant harm to the environment.
After determining that an outline plan is appropriate, applicants must then search for a condition called "overriding planning consideration". An overriding consideration is a matter which takes precedence over any other aspect of planning policy. For example, if there are several different proposals before a council which would have a similar impact on the area, the one with the highest public benefit should be accepted. If no such consideration exists, then the proposal would be refused.
The purpose of an overriding consideration is to prevent certain kinds of development. If one is found here, then the plan can be approved without further investigation. However, if no overriding considerations are present, then the planner must make a decision between the various proposals. In this case, the applicant may be asked for more information about their idea so that they can provide evidence that it would not cause significant harm to the environment.
But here's the thing: an outline planning application is a fantastic tool for us to employ on the proper projects. As a result, we recommend that you wait until you've spoken with your architects and planners before deciding whether to ask for outline or full planning approval.
The reason why we say this is because there are other factors to take into account when making this decision, such as the amount of work needed for the project, community support, etc. If you do decide to go ahead with the outline application, make sure that you submit it within the correct time frame or it will be deemed invalid.
Overall, obtaining outline planning permission is a great way to get your ideas off the ground without incurring unnecessary costs. However, it's important to remember that these applications are typically simple ones that require little more than a sketch plan and description to verify legal compliance. As a result, it's possible that once completed, the application may not require further action from the council. You should only request full planning permission if you are looking to build a large structure or need to ensure that your proposal meets with all necessary regulations.
So in conclusion, obtaining outline planning permission is a good idea for small scale projects. Wait until you have consulted with others before making a decision about whether to proceed with an outline application or not.
When asking for planning approval for a major project, you often have two choices: full planning permission or outline planning permission. If you look at the announcements on lampposts and council websites, you will see that large developers frequently pick outline planning approval. This means that they do not need to seek consent from all the local councils for which they are seeking approval. They just have to get approval from one of them. If any other council objects, then development can still go ahead, but more detailed plans must be submitted to these other councils for review.
Outline planning permission is usually enough for large developments because the impact and effect that the project will have on the surrounding area can be predicted from its general layout and plan. For example, if a developer wants to build houses on a site and they know that most sites in this area are required to be open space, then they could apply for outline planning permission for their scheme without going through the lengthy process of requesting full planning permission. When applied for in advance, outline planning permission is much easier to obtain than full planning permission; you just need one council's support to give you the go-ahead.
Large developments require specialist expertise to assess their impact on the environment and to prepare the application properly. It is therefore recommended that you engage with one of the many consultants who specialise in preparing applications of this nature.