Permission in principle - Planning validation requirements

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Application type information


Permission in principle is an alternative way of obtaining planning permission for housing-led development. It separates the consideration of matters of principle for the proposed development from the technical detail of the development.  

Permission in principle consent has 2 stages 

  • the first stage (or permission in principle stage) establishes whether a site is suitable in principle 
  • the second stage (‘technical details consent’) is when the detailed development proposals are assessed. 

You can visit to find out more about this type of planning application. 


You can get help and advice from our Duty Planner on permission in principle and other types of planning applications. 

You can get detailed feedback on your proposal by using our pre-application advice service

Documents that are always required

You must submit the following as part of your planning application: 

Documents that are sometimes required

Depending on the details of your application, you may have to submit one or more of the following documents and information: 

  • Members and employees; On your application you must tell us if you are a Member of Braintree District Council or employed by us. We will determine any applications from Members or employees at a Planning Committee meeting.