Last edited 23 Feb 2018

Indicative layout

Outline planning applications can be used to find out whether a proposed development is likely to receive planning permission, before substantial costs are incurred developing a detailed design. They generally involve the submission of outline proposals, the details of which are agreed as 'reserved matters' applications at a later stage.

Outline planning applications involve consideration of the use and amount of development. As a minimum therefore, they will include an indicative layout of the proposed development, giving an indication of:

  • The site boundary.
  • The immediate surroundings and orientation.
  • Means of access onto the site.
  • Separate development zones proposed within the site boundary.
  • Uses for each building.
  • The upper and lower height limits for each building.
  • Their position in relation to streets.
  • An indication of built form and blocking.
  • Landscape structure.
  • Overall character of the site.

An indicative layout can be similar to a block plan or site plan, but is typically an earlier and less detailed version.

Indicative layouts may also be prepared in the early stages of a project for feasibility studies and options appraisals.

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