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Developers remain hesitant when it comes to Permission in Principle applications

Marketing / 13 Apr, 19

Published on: 10th August 2018

In the Housing and Planning Act 2016 a fast-track route through the planning process for residential developments was introduced, termed ‘Permission in Principle’ (PiP).

The government believed that by splitting the process in two and allowing some small, housing-led developments to secure PiP first and then technical details consent (TDC) it would speed up the process and help boost housing delivery.

On the 1st June this year it was announced that schemes with fewer than ten homes would also be able to apply for PiP. However, in a recent government survey of ten local authorities only Leeds City Council had received an application through PiP during the first three weeks of June, despite an estimated 3,000 applications being submitted.

Owen Pike, town planner at Sanderson Weatherall commented, “The main reason behind the lack in PiP applications is at present applicants don’t see the benefit, especially as they can still submit outline applications, prior to obtaining approval for reserved matters (access, layout, scale, appearance and landscaping).

“It has also been cited that the PiP might not in fact be any less expensive, or quicker, than a conventional planning application, which is in complete contradiction to the issue the Government is trying to solve.

“Whilst there are undoubtedly a number of teething issues, as to be expected with any new process, if done correctly and decisions are made expediently, it could reduce planning risk for small scale developments.”

For more information on the use of Permission in Principle, or advice on planning and how it affects your development, please contact Owen Pike on 0117 3387 1813 or

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