QMark: Considering minimum parameters

James Jaulim, senior planner at Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, describes when minimum parameters could be used in an outline planning application. 

The well-established case law from which the Rochdale Envelope arises – namely R. v Rochdale MBC ex parte Milne (No. 1) and R. v Rochdale MBC ex parte Tew [1999] and R. v Rochdale MBC ex parte Milne (No. 2) [2000] – sets out the requirements for having clearly defined parameters within the submission for an outline application.

Since this, setting parameters has become an integral part of the EIA process and requires: ‘sufficient information to enable “the main”, or the “likely significant” effects on the environment to be assessed… and the mitigation measures to be described’ (paragraph 104 of the Milne (No. 2) judgement). The ruling states that the level of detail of the proposals must be such as to enable a proper assessment of the likely environmental effects and necessary mitigation. 

When setting parameters and in order to be able to robustly assess ‘likely significant effects’, maximum parameters should always be set for assessment. However we are often asked about whether minimum ...

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