skip to main page content :: Town & Regional Planning Home > Glossary Home > O >

Outline consent

- a form of planning consent designed to test the principle of whether or not a development is acceptable. The planning authority can request any level of detail they think is necessary to reach a decision, although usually, only a minimal amount of information is supplied. When an outline application is approved, the applicant then has three years in which to lodge a full application. Outline consent is not an option in respect of listed buildings, but can be applied for in conservation areas, where obviously it is to be hoped that a sufficient level of detail is requested.