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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Development Control Protocol

Amendments to the process of outline planning applications

From 10th August 2006, the matters that can be reserved for future consideration on outline applications will change.

The amendments made to the General Permitted Development Order 1995 (GDPO) state that reserved matters are:

  • layout - the way that buildings, routes and open spaces are provided within the development and their relationship to buildings and spaces outside the development
  • scale - the height, width and length of each building proposed in relation to its surroundings
  • appearance - the aspects of a building or place which determine the visual impression it makes, excluding the external built form of the development
  • access - this covers accessibility to and within the site for vehicles, cycles and pedestrians in terms of the positioning and treatment of access and circulation routes and how these fit into the surrounding access network
  • landscaping - the treatment of private and public space to enhance or protect the amenity of the site through hard and soft measures.  For example, through planting trees or hedges or screening by fences or walls

Because of these amendments there has been a change in the level and type of information needed to validate outline planning applications.

An outline application should now contain a minimum level of information on each of the following:

  • use - the identification of the proposed use of the development and the identification of any distinct development zones within the site
  • amount of development - the amount of development proposed for each use (shown as a measurement of floorspace)
  • indicative layout - a plan showing the layout of any separate development zones within the site boundary
  • scale parameters - an indication of the upper and lower limits for the height, width and length of each building within the site boundary
  • indicative access points - a plan showing the proposed access(es) to the site

Further information on what to submit with your planning application can be found in our Development Control Protocol.

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