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Outline Planning Permission and Reserved Matters

Advice about outline planning permission and reserved matters

'Outline planning permission' allows for a decision to be made on the general principles, or 'outline', of how a site is proposed to be developed. It's granted subject to conditions that need the subsequent approval of one or more 'reserved matters'. 

Reserved matters are those aspects of a proposed development which an applicant can choose not to submit details of when making an outline planning application, (ie they can be 'reserved' for a later determination/decision).

The Planning Practice Guidance pages on the GOV.UK website have answers to many common questions, including:

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