Reserved matters in planning permissions
Outline planning applications can be used to find out whether a proposed development is likely to be approved by the planning authority, before substantial costs are incurred developing a detailed design.
Reserved matters that might be the subject of further applications once outline planning consent has been obtained can now include:
- The layout of buildings within the proposed development.
- The precise height, width and length of individual buildings.
- The appearance of buildings.
- Access to and within the site for vehicles, cycles and pedestrians.
- Landscape proposals.
The details of the reserved matters application must be in line with the outline approval, including any conditions attached to the permission. It may be necessary to reapply for outline or full planning permission if the proposals have changed in any way.
Outline permission is not a permission to start work on site. The permission notice will state which matters have been reserved for later approval. When all of the reserved matters have been approved, work may begin on the site.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Approval of conditions on a planning permission.
- Construction management statement.
- Outline planning permission.
- Detailed planning permission.
- Planning conditions.
- Planning obligations.
- Planning permission.
 External references
- Planning Portal: Reserved matters guidance notes.
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