Glossary

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This glossary is regularly updated to include the latest terms and expressions used in planning and local government. It is a useful tool for newcomers to the sector, as well as veteran planners.

If you have a term that you think should be included in the glossary, please email it to pas@local.gov.uk

Disclaimer

This glossary is not a statement of law or an interpretation of the law. It is an introduction to commonly used terms in planning. It should not be used as a source of legal definitions.

Acknowledgements

The definitions here come from a variety of sources but notably the Planning Portal and glossaries attached to central government documents.

 

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a

  • Adoption
  • Adopted proposals map
  • Affordable housing
  • Article 4 directions
  • Amenity
  • Ancient monument
  • Area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB)

b

  • Best value performance indicators (BVPIs)
  • Brownfield land/previously developed land
  • Business improvement districts (BiDs)

 c 

  • Conformity
  • Conservation area
  • Conservation area consent
  • Core strategy

 d 

  • Density
  • Design statement
  • Detailed application/full application
  • Development
  • Development brief/framework
  • Development control/development management
  • Development plan documents (DPDs)

 e 

  • Enforcement notice
  • Environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • Equality impact assessment
  • Examination in public (EIP)

f

  • Flood plain
  • Flood risk assessment
  • Front loading

g

  • Government circulars
  • Green belt
  • Greenfield sites

h

  • Habitable rooms
  • Historic parks and gardens
  • Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)
  • Housing land availability (HLA)

i

  • Independent examination
  • Informal hearing
  • Intermediate housing
  • Inspector's report
  • Issues, options and preferred options
  • Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC)

k

  • Key diagram
  • Key worker housing

l

  • Listed buildings
  • Listed building consent
  • Locally listed buildings
  • Local area agreements (LAAs)
  • Local development documents (LDDs)
  • Local development scheme (LDS)
  • Local planning authority (LPA)
  • Local strategic partnerships (LSPs)

m

  • Material consideration
  • Master plan
  • Multi area agreements (MAAs)

n

  • National parks
  • National indicators

o

  • Office of Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM)
  • Option
  • Outline application

p

  • Parish/town councils
  • Parish plans
  • Pendleton criteria
  • Permitted development (PD)
  • Planning Aid
  • Planning application
  • Planning brief/framework
  • Planning performance agreements (PPAs)
  • Planning delivery grant (PDG)
  • Planning inspectorate (PINs)
  • Planning permission
  • Planning policy guidance notes (PPGs)
  • Planning policy statements (PPS)
  • Planning portal
  • Planning portfolio holder
  • Planning register
  • Prior approval
  • Public inquiry
  • Public realm
  • Public service agreements (PSAs)
  • Public transport accessibility levels (PTALs)

r

  • Registered social landlords (RSLs)
  • Regional assemblies
  • Regional planning guidance (RPGs)
  • Regional spatial strategies (RSS)
  • Retail impact assessment
  • Royal town planning institute (RTPI)

s

  • Shared ownership
  • Simplified planning zones (SPZ)
  • Sites of nature conservation importance (SNCI) or sites of biological importance (SBI)
  • Sites of special scientific interest (SSSI)
  • Social housing
  • Spatial development strategy (SDS)
  • Spatial planning
  • Statement of community involvement (SCI)
  • Statement of consultation/statement of compliance
  • Strategic environmental assessment (SEA)
  • Structure plan
  • Submission document
  • Supplementary planning documents (SPDs)
  • Sustainability appraisal (SA)
  • Sustainable communities/neighbourhoods
  • Sustainable community strategy
  • Sustainable development
  • Section 106 agreements (s106)
  • Sequential test/approach

t

  • Transport impact assessment
  • Tree preservation orders (TPO)
  • Twin tracking/overlapping applications
  • Travel plans

u

  • Unitary development plans (UDPs)
  • Urban development corporations (UDCs)
  • Urban framework plans
  • Urban renaissance/regeneration

v

  • Village Design Statement (VDS)