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A Guide to the Different Types of Planning Permission Applications

There are four primary applications when trying to acquire planning permissions. They are a full planning application, a householder application, an outline application and a reserved matters application.



Full Planning


The first, a full planning application, is one of the most commonly submitted applications and if approved, grants you the ability to start building instantly. For your application, you will need to construct a development proposal complete with a breakdown of any required building materials, landscaping needs and all the necessary project details.

Some examples of development work that require full planning permissions are:


It is important to note that the permissions normally expire within three years if work doesn’t begin.



Householder Application


A householder application however is tailored specifically to house owners who are looking to carry out developments within their own home or garden.

This can include projects such like:

  • Extensions

  • Garage Conversions

  • Loft Conversions

  • Patios, Decking and Balconies



Outline Planning


In order to preserve time, effort and money, it is a valuable idea to submit an outline planning application as it allows you to discover whether your project is likely to get planning consent. Outline applications are used to determine whether the nature and size of the potential developments are viable.


Because of this, the proposal is more of an outline as opposed to a lengthy explanation. Its role is to give an indication of what the project will look like and what the developer is hoping to achieve. Regardless, it is crucial to include information about the scale of your project and how it might impact surrounding infrastructure in order to allow the council to make an educated decision.


Once these applications are approved, the general concept of the development has been approved for the go-ahead and there will almost always be a list of conditions that will need to be met before continuing the process. This is known as a Reserved Matters application.



Reserved Matters

Upon the granting of the outline planning permissions, you must submit a Reserved Matters Application within three years of being approved. This will consist of any information that was excluded from the initial outline application such as the layout, scale and appearance of the development project.


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