A local authority in Bedfordshire has suffered a bit of a system failure recently, and we are guessing that it was because the necessary filters were not in place. In (DCS Number 400-018-075) the council accepted an outline planning application for the conversion of stables and a barn to a dwelling. Clearly, this is an application that should not have been validated, or registered, or decided. Even worse, the error was not picked up by the council when the applicants took its refusal to appeal.
As the inspector explained, “Article 2(1) of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 makes it clear that “outline planning permission” means a planning permission for the erection of a building, which is granted subject to a condition requiring the subsequent approval of the local planning authority with respect to one or more reserved matters”. It is not possible, therefore, under the provisions of the Order, to grant outline planning permission for the nature of the development for which permission is sought.”
Quite simply, you can’t have an outline permission for a change of use so send any such application straight back.
The rules concerning applications for outline planning permission are set out at section 5.131 of DCP Online.