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What Is Outline Planning Permission?

Outline Planning Permission is generally used at an early stage to find out whether or not a proposed new dwelling or development is likely to be approved by the planning authority. It allows fewer details about the process to be submitted.

After outline permission has been granted, you have three years to submit the outstanding information in a ‘reserved matters’ application. This will typically include information about the appearance, means of access, landscaping, layout and scale of the development.

Unless you’re looking to build a new property, you won’t need outline planning permission or full planning permission.

Traditionally, outline planning permission was sought by landowners looking to gain consent for a new development but the process is so long-winded that in almost all instances, self builders now apply for full planning permission at the first stage.


Unless you’re looking to build a new property, you won’t need outline planning permission or full planning permission. A lot of home conversion/extension projects come under permitted development (which means you don’t need to apply for planning permission – it’s granted automatically). Otherwise, you would typically use a householder application to apply for planning permission.

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Householder planning permission should be used for proposals to alter or enlarge a single house, including works within the boundary/garden of a house. This includes projects such as:

  • Extensions
  • Conservatories
  • Loft conversions
  • Dormer windows
  • Garages and outbuildings

To apply for planning permission, you need to make an application to your local planning authority or via the Planning Portal online application service


If you have any questions about the type of planning permission you need, the planning application process or would like to speak to an architect who can help you source and liaise with a local planner, go ahead and book a free call below with Yoop.


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