What is a reserved matters application? Our planning expert explains all

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If instead of full planning, you are choosing to submit outline consent, then following up with the finer details of reserved matters is compulsory. But how does the process work and what is the best way to frame your submission? Here’s how to maximise benefits of reserved matters to reflect your dream build.

When it comes to planning permission in the UK, there are different types of applications that you can submit depending on the stage of your project. One of these is a reserved matters application, which is used when you already have outline planning permission but need to submit more detailed plans for approval.

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is a professional planning consultant, who began his career working in local government in the 1990s. He was a council officer and later an elected councillor, so he knows how the planning system works from both sides. He went on to set up Planix.UK Planning Consultants Ltd; a consultancy company that advises self builders, home extenders and those taking on small to medium-sized building projects on planning permission.