PIP – A New Way To Obtain Planning…..

PIP – A New Way To Obtain Planning…..


Permission in principal (PIP) applications in England go live. A new route to planning permission arrives on Friday 1 June, when applications for permission in principle (PIP) for small housing developments can be made to local authorities in England.

The planning portal has the forms ready to go for what has been described as one of the most significant changes to the planning system since outline permission was introduced 60 years ago.

The scope of PIP is limited to location, land use and the amount of development. Unless sites are subject to EIAs or habitats legislation, any site can be considered for PIP for minor developments of up to nine homes and under 1000sqm of commercial floorspace on a site of less than one hectare. Regardless of the mix, the main purpose of the development must be housing.

Once PIP is established, full planning permission requires only technical details consent (TDC).

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