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Permission in Principle

This route is an alternative way of obtaining planning permission for housing-led development.

Information regarding the type of developments which can be submitted via this route can be found in Planning Practice Guidance and in the Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017.


There are two stages:

Stage 1 - Permission in Principle (PiP)

The following National Requirements apply:

  • a completed application form
  • a plan which identifies the land to which the application relates, drawn to an identified scale and showing the direction North
  • correct application fee
  • A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal is expected, unless we confirm in writing it is not

Stage 2 - Technical Details Consent (TDC)

At this stage the details of the proposed development are assessed. An application for TDC follows the same validation process as a full application. It should be submitted on a full application form making reference to Planning in Principle in the proposal. The red line must match that of the PiP.

A planning obligation  may be required at this stage

The TDC will be subject to the relevant National and Local requirements for the development as set out above in this document.

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