This form is generally used to find out, at an early stage, whether or not a proposal is likely to be approved by the planning authority, before any substantial costs are incurred.
This type of planning application allows fewer details about the proposal to be submitted. These details may be agreed following a “reserved matters” application at a later stage.
Reserved matters can 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 relations 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
While some applications are straightforward and a decision can be made by the planning authority without detailed information, other proposals may need more information to be provided.