A planning brief is a document which summarises the planning authority's guidelines and requirements for the development of a particular site or collection of sites. A planning brief is generally produced for sites of a significant size or for particularly sensitive sites which require more detailed guidance.
They can also perform a number of functions such as promoting a site for development, interpreting and supplementing development plan policies, or addressing a particular site constraint or opportunity.
All briefs undergo public consultation and the results of this are fully considered before the brief is formally adopted as council policy. Once adopted, the brief becomes a material consideration in the determination of any future planning application relating to all or part of the site.