Changes to Information Requirements for Outline Planning Applications

An Order amending the rules on the information which must be submitted with an English planning application will come into force on 31st January 2013.

This Order removes existing national requirements for information on layout and scale to be provided with outline applications where these are reserved matters to be determined at a later date.

The current rules for outline applications requires that:

  • where layout is a reserved matter, the application must state the approximate location of buildings, routes and open spaces; and
  • where scale is a reserved matter; the application must state the upper and lower limit for the height, width and length of each building.

The effect of the amendment is to remove the requirement to provide these details at the outline stage – where layout and scale have been reserved.

The Order also makes it clear that a local planning authority’s ‘local list’ of information requirements for planning applications will only apply to a specific application if the list has been published within two years prior to the date of the planning application. This applies for all applications made on or after 31st June 2013.

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