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'Permission in Principle' is a lower-cost alternative to getting planning consent

The 'Permission in Principle' route is a relatively new way of obtaining planning permission for smaller housing and housing-led developments in England. It is a less costly alternative to 'Outline' planning consent.

For example, the application submission fees charged by local councils for Outline planning applications are £462 per 0.1 hectares. The fees for Permission in Principle applications are £402 per 0.1 hectares.

Both Outline planning consent and Permission in Principle can be useful ways to establish a right to build on a plot of land before you invest in defining and designing the full details. They can also be the best options if you want to maximise the value of your land and sell it to someone else to build on, as the buyer will want to define the details themselves.

More details on using the 'Permission in Principle' can be found here:

If you'd like help obtaining planning permission for your project, you can contact us via or 0845 170 8050.


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