Pro Vision gets its first PIP (Permission in Principle)

10th April, 2019

Pro Vision has successfully used a new route to obtaining planning consent for a small housing scheme in the West Berkshire countryside. 

The company submitted a ‘permission in principle’ (PIP) application on behalf of the landowner for up to four new homes on a partly brownfield site near Chieveley. It’s the first time Pro Vision has used the PIP route since it came into effect last summer and it’s believed to be the first time West Berkshire Council has ever dealt with one.

Pro Vision planning director James Iles says while it’s not suitable for every development opportunity, it is a “useful addition to the planning tool box.”

Essentially, it separates the principle of a proposed development, such as land use and location, from the technical detail, including detailed design.

James said: “It’s a new, light-touch application for smaller-scale schemes allowing landowners to have confidence in the local planning authority’s support before committing themselves to full planning applications.

“Clear benefits of PIP applications for clients are they should be dealt with more quickly and involve less upfront cost than outline or full applications. It gives landowners confidence to invest in the detailed design and survey reports, especially in cases like this where the policies are restrictive and planning issues finely balanced.”

Government introduced PIP applications last year to encourage more small-scale sites to come forward for housing development as it continues to seek a significant boost in housing.

The PIP route has two stages: firstly, to establish whether a site is suitable in principle and then secondly, technical details consent when all relevant planning issues are considered. 

For more information about how PIP might help your development project contact us.