Reserved matters are items that are excluded from an outline planning application because they will be determined by future planning approval, or have not yet been developed to a satisfactory degree.
If outline approval is given, an applicant has three years to submit a new application to gain approval for the reserved matters left off the previous application.
Reserved matters often include the following areas:
The accessibility to and within a site for vehicles, cycles and pedestrians.The positioning, treatment and circulation of routes and how these fit into the surrounding access network.
The aspects of a building, or place, within the development that decide how a visual impression is made. This includes the external form of a development, its architecture, materials, decoration, lighting, colour and texture.
The treatment of land (other than buildings) for the purpose of enhancing or protecting the amenities of a site. This includes:
- screening by fences, walls or other means
- the planting of trees, hedges, shrubs or grass
- the formation of banks, terraces or other earthworks
- the laying out or provision of gardens, courts, squares, water features, sculpture or public art
- the provision of other amenity features;
The way buildings, routes and open spaces within a development are situated and orientated about each other and to buildings and spaces outside the development
The height, width and length of each building proposed in relation to its surroundings.