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New Permission in Principle process – what do you need to know?
23 May 2018

A new planning process designed to lead to more land being developed for new homes comes into force on June 1.  It could be good news for landowners and developers. But how will it work? 

Suzanne Tucker, from our Town and Country Planning team, tells you what you need to know:

From 1 June 2018 landowners and developers will be able to apply to planning authorities for ‘permission in principle’ for small housing led schemes on their land.

The new process is designed to be a cheaper alternative to the traditional route of applying for full or outline permission, and will be especially beneficial for landowners and developers who are ‘taking a chance’ on land to find out whether it can be developed. 

The new process is also designed to be quicker than the traditional route, as planners will have five weeks to determine an application for permission in principle, compared with eight weeks for a full or outline application.

If an application for permission in principle is granted, the principle of development on the land is established. The developer must then make another application, this time for technical details consent, which sets out the finer details of the scheme. 

The grant of technical details consent will constitute the grant of planning permission. If the application for permission in principle is refused (or if the council does not meet the determination deadline), then the applicant can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

Permission in principle is also granted when a council enters land that has previously been developed on to its Brownfield Land Register. It will also be possible (once the legislation has been introduced) to obtain permission in principle via the site allocation process in a local development plan or neighbourhood plan.

Meet Suzanne Tucker