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- 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