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GlossaryGlossary – what do these acronyms and other odd words mean?

This glossary page will hopefully explain what the various acronyms and other phrases which are often banded around in planning and development. The page of jargon busters is constantly being added to, so please check back often. At the last count we over 150! Although we are missing X and Y!!

If something is missing, let us know. Where we have information about a phrase, we will link to the relative section.

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AADT
AAI
ACM
ACV
AGLV
AIA
AIB
Amenity
AML
AONB
Appellant
AQA
AQMA
Article 2(3) Land
Article 2(4) Land
Article 2(5) Land
Article 4
BC
BREEAM
Brownfield land
CA
CAD
Catchment
CC
CDM
CfSH
CGI
CGT
CHP
CIBSE
CIL
CIOB
CLEUD
CLG
CLOPUD
CLU
COL
COSHH
CPO
CPR
CPSE
CPZ
Curtilage
D&B
dB
DC
DCLG
DD
Density
DMDPD
DPD
DMPO
DPP
DPH
Dwellinghouse
EIA
EPC
Extant
FCA
Flood plain
FRA
GDV
GEA
GIA
GPDO
Grampian
Green belt
Greenfield
HBS
HCA
HMO
HNWI
HOTs
HSE
HTB
IAQM
ICOMOS
IRR
JCT
JV
KPI
KSA
KYC
LBC
LBC
LDC
LDF
LLFA
Listed building
LLP
Local Plan
LPA
MBC
MDC
MEES
MHCLG
MVP
Natura 2000
NDEPC
NIA
NIA
NLUD
NMIS
NPPF
NPPG
Outline Application
PAT
PCPA
PEA
PINS
PiP
Policy Map
PPE
PPG
Pre-App
Prior Approval
Proposals Map
PS13/3
PS14/4
PV
QS
QUANGO
Reserved Matters
RIBA
RICS
RIDDOR
ROCE
ROTE
ROI
RSL
RTPI
S106
SAC
SAMM
SANG
SAP
SDLT
SEA
SFRA
SHLAA
SHMA
SIPP
SIPs
SNCI
SoS
SPA
Space Standards
SPV
SSAS
SSCLG
SSE
SSSI
SuDS
TCPA
TDC
TPO
UCO
UDP

VC
VOA
WHS
Zero-carbon
Annual average daily traffic is the total volume of vehicle traffic on a road for a year divided by 365
Areas of Archaeological interest
Asbestos Containing Material
Asset of Community Value
Area of Great Landscape Value
Arboricultural Impact Assessment
Asbestos Insulation Board
A positive element or elements that contribute to the overall character or enjoyment of an area
Anti Money Laundering
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
One who appeals to the inspectorate regarding a refusal for planning
Air Quality Assessment
Air Quality Management Area
Conservation Area, AONB, SPA, the Broads, National Park, World Heritage Site
National Park, the Broads, certain land just outside a National Park
Areas within certain Local Authorities where restrictions to the GPDO exist
Direction removing some or all permitted development rights
Borough Council
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (how “green” a new building is)
Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure
Capital Allowances
Computer Aided Design
Designated area within which specific policies may apply
County Council or City Council
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
Code for Sustainable Homes
Computer Generated Image
Capital Gains Tax
Combined Heath and Power
Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
Community Infrastructure Levy
Chartered Institute of Building
Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development
Department for Communities and Local Government (now the MHCLG)
Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development
Certificate of Lawful Use
Certificate of Lawfulness (listed buildings)
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
Compulsory Purchase Order
Civil Procedure Rules
Commercial Property Standard Enquiries
Controlled Parking Zone
The area, usually enclosed, encompassing the grounds and buildings immediately surrounding a home
Design and Build (a popular form of building procurement)
Decibel
District Council
Department for Communities and Local Government (now the MHCLG)
Due Diligence
A measurement of either number of habitable rooms or number of dwellings per hectare
Development Management Development Plan Document
Development Plan Document
Development Management Procedure Order (England) 2015
Detailed Planning Permission
Dwellings per hectare
Property containing a single person or by people to be regarded as forming a single household
Environmental Impact Assessment
Energy Performance Certificate
Planning permission which is still valid and able to be implemented
Financial Conduct Authority
Low-lying areas adjacent to a watercourse, tidal lengths of a river or the sea, which can flood
Flood Risk Assessment
Gross Development Value – the value of all the units on a site
Gross External Area – the area of a building measured externally
Gross Internal Area – the area of a building measured to the internal face of the perimeter wall
General Permitted Development Order (England) 2015
Planning condition preventing the build until off-site works have been completed on land not controlled by the applicant
Land around large built-up areas, which aims to keep this land permanently open or largely undeveloped
A site which has never previously been developed
Help to Buy Scheme
Homes and Communities Agency
House of Multiple Occupation
High net worth individuals
Heads of terms
Health and Safety Executive
Help to Buy
Institute of Air Quality Management
International Council on Monuments and Sites
Internal Rate of Return
Joint Contracts Tribunal – standard forms of contract for use by the construction industry
Joint Venture
Key Performance Indicator
Key Shopping Area
Know Your Customer – ID checking with solicitors etc.
Listed Building Consent
London Borough Council
Lawful Development Certificate
Local Development Framework
Lead Local Flood Authority
A building of special architectural or historic interest
Limited Liability Partnership
A development plan prepared by district and other local planning authorities
Local Planning Authority
Metropolitan Brough Council
Metropolitan District Council
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Minimum Viable Product
A European network of protected sites consisting of SAC and SPA
Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate
Net Internal Area – the useable area within a building measured to the internal face of the perimeter walls
Noise Impact Assessment
National Land Use Database – Land Use and Land Cover Classification
Non Mainstream Investment Scheme
National Planning Policy Framework
National Planning Policy Guidance
Planning permission to establish that the principle of planning is acceptable
Portable Appliance Testing
Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
Predicted Energy Assessment
Planning Inspectorate
Permission in Principle
See Proposals Map
Personal Protective Equipment
Planning Policy Guidance
Pre planning application advice
A form of permitted development for a change of use
Part of the local plan showing development zones within the local community (or Policy Map)
FCA restrictions on the marketing of unregulated investments to members of the public
FCA regulatory approach to crowdfunding over the internet
Photovoltaic (solar) panel
Quantity Surveyor
Quasi Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation
One or more matters reserved in an outline planning permission – access, appearance, layout, scale and landscaping
Royal Institute of British Architects
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
Return on Capital Employed
Return on Time Employed
Return on Investment
Registered Social Landlords are government-funded not-for-profit organisations that provide affordable housing
Royal Town Planning Institute (Chartered Town Planner)
Section 106
Special Area of Conservation
Strategic Access Management and Monitoring
Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace
Standard Assessment Procedure – assessing the energy rating for a new home
Stamp Duty Land Tax
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment
Strategic Housing Market Assessment
Self Invested Personal Pension
Structural Insulated Panel system
Sites of Nature Conservation Importance
Secretary of State
Special Protection Area
Minimum sizes permitted for rooms or residential dwellings
Special Purpose Vehicle – a limited company or LLP set up for the sole purpose of one or more sites
Small Self-Administered Pension Scheme
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Secretary of State for the Environment
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Sustainable Drainage Systems – Managing runoff from buildings and hard standings
Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Technical Details Consent
Tree Protection Order
Use Classes Order – the Town & Country (Use Classes) Order puts properties into various planning categories
Unitary Development Plan
Venture Capitalist
Valuation Office Agency
World Heritage Site – A cultural or natural site of outstanding universal value designated by the ICOMOS
Over a year, the net carbon emissions from all energy use in the home are zero

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