Simplification of outline planning applications

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The UK government has continued its measures to streamline the planning process with the publication of the Town and Country (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Amendment No 3) Order (DMPO) 2012, which came into effect on 31 January 2013.

The effect of this amendment to the DMPO is to reduce the information required for outline planning applications and on some schemes make the planning system less onerous and more efficient for the promotion of outline planning applications. This is of particular interest to strategic landowners and developers, as it means you do not have to fix the layout of the scheme at the outline stage. The previous requirements for outline planning applications meant that the applicant had to identify the approximate locations of the buildings which were proposed, and the routes through and open spaces relating to that development…

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