New Rules come into force on 31st January 2013 that are intended to reduce the amount of information that applicants are asked provide with planning applications in England
The new rules will have an impact on ‘outline’ planning applications in particular. Applicants will no longer be required to provide information on layout and scale of the proposed development with ‘outline’ applications where these details are reserved for determination at a later date through a separate ‘reserved matters’ application.
This should make ‘outline’ applications easier and therefore cheaper to prepare. Current rules require applications in which the layout is a reserved matter to state the approximate location of buildings, routes and open spaces. Where the scale is a reserved matter, the application must state the upper and lower limit for the height, width and length of each building. Whilst such requirements are now set aside, there will undoubtedly be a ‘bedding-in’ period where local planning authorities seek supporting information that is no longer strictly required. It will be for us as your planning consultant to argue the case with the local planning authority as to why you need not provide them with such additional information that they may otherwise require you to submit.
Associated with the relaxation of information requirements for ‘outline’ applications, the Government have made clear that they expect local planning authorities to keep their ‘local list’ of information requirements for planning applications under regular review and that they should seek to reduce rather than increase such requirements. With this in mind, the new rules state that for any planning application submitted after 30th June 2013, the ‘local list’ only apply to a specific application if the list has been published within two years prior to the date of the planning application.
If you would like to discuss what information and level of detail you should be submitting for your planning application we offer free consultations and will always let you know what we think your prospects of success are, good or bad.