On 1st June 2018, the Planning in Principle route to gain planning consent came into force. Planning in Principle applications or ‘PiP’s are a way of securing permission for the principle of housing-led development.  Once that permission has been gained (stage 1), a stage 2 application can be submitted to review matters like design, appearance, and layout.

This may sound similar to gaining outline consent for a development but there are some distinct differences. Most significantly, the timeframe for the council to determine the application is shorter than an outline application, very limited information is required, and no conditions or planning obligations can be imposed at the stage 1 phase. The only terms of a stage 1 permission are site location, the type of development and amount of development.

Stephen Baimbridge, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt said: “Currently this approach of gaining planning permission is little-used, with the majority still reliant on outline applications to test the principle of housing-led development on their sites.  

For the most part, I suggest that this is due to unfamiliarity with the legislation. The PiP approach allows landowners and/or developers to establish the acceptability of their proposal in a quicker, cheaper, and more simplified way.”

If you want to discuss the benefits of PiPs and how it may be used to gain planning consent for you, then please contact the GTH Development Land and Planning team on 01823 334466.