Development management answers: Are reserved matters on nine homes a 'major' application?

We have outline planning permission on a site for 30 dwellings. Obviously that followed a “major” application....

We are now going to be making numerous reserved matters applications, including one for nine dwellings. We are trying to ascertain whether this should be considered a major application, because the original application fell into that category, or a minor application because fewer than ten dwellings are proposed. Can you advise? JM

A To answer this question, you need to look at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Planning Application and Decision Statistics Data Forms: District Matters (PS 1 and 2) user guide. This advises: “A decision should be classified as relating to a major/minor development on the basis of the development covered by the application which was decided. Thus the granting of outline permission for the development of a site may have been classified as a major development, but the approval of reserved matters for, say, five houses on part of the site would be classified as minor development.” A reserved matters application for fewer than ten houses should be treated as a minor one, therefore. “Major” and “minor” applications are different categories in the government’s statistical returns, but the main practical consequences of the difference are that planning authorities have 13 weeks to determine major applications, against eight weeks for minor ones, and councils have to give more publicity for major applications. John Harrison

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