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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 have over 200! 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
Adoption
AGLV
AIA
AIB
Affordable
Amenity
AML
AONB
Appeal
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
Commuted Payment
Conservation Area
Core Strategy
COSHH
CPO
CPR
CPSE
CPZ
Curtilage
D&B
DAS
dB
DC
DCLG
DD
Decision Notice
Density
Development
Development Plan
DMDPD
DPD
DMPO
DPP
DPH
Dwellinghouse
EIA
Employment Land
EPC
Extant
FCA
Flood plain
FRA
Gateway Site
GDV
GEA
GIA
GPDO
Grampian
Green Belt
Greenfield
Habitable Room
HBS
HCA
HMO
HNWI
HOTs
HSE
HTB
IAQM
ICOMOS
Inclusive Design
Infrastructure
IRR
JCT
JV
KPI
KSA
KYC
LA
LBC
LBC
LDC
LDF
LEP
LLFA
Listed building
LLP
Local Plan
LPA
Major Development
Massing
Material Considerations
MBC
MDC
MEES
MHCLG
Minor Development
MVP
Natura 2000
NDEPC
Neighbourhood Plan
NIA
NIA
NLUD
NMIS
NPPF
NPPG
Open Space
Original Building
Outline Application
Out of Town
PAT
PCPA
PDL
PEA
Permeable Surface
PINS
PiP
Planning Condition
Planning Obligation
Planning Permission
Policy Map
Plot Ratio
PPE
PPG
Pre-App
Prior Approval
Proposals Map
PS13/3
PS14/4
PV
QS
QUANGO
Refusal
Regeneration
Reserved Matters
RIBA
RICS
RIDDOR
ROCE
ROTE
ROI
RSL
RTPI
S106
SAC
SAMM
SANG
SAP
SBI
SDLT
SEA
SFRA
SHLAA
SHMA
SIPP
SIPs
SNCI
SoS
SPA
Space Standards
SPD
SPG
SPV
SSAS
SSCLG
SSE
SSSI
SuDS
Sui Generis
Sustainable Development
TCPA
TDC
TPO
Transport Assessment
Travel Plan
UCO
UDP

Use Classes
VC
VOA
WHS
Wildlife Corridor
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
Confirmation of the finalisation of a development plan or local development document by the LPA
Area of Great Landscape Value
Arboricultural Impact Assessment
Asbestos Insulation Board
Social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing provided to eligible households
A positive element or elements that contribute to the overall character or enjoyment of an area
Anti Money Laundering
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Process to challenge a negative planning decision.
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)
Payment made in lieu of recreational open space or affordable housing
Area of special architectural or historic interest
Document setting out long term spatial vision for the LPA
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)
Design and Access Statement
Decibel
District Council
Department for Communities and Local Government (now the MHCLG)
Due Diligence
Planning approval or permission issued by the LPA on a planning application
A measurement of either number of habitable rooms or number of dwellings per hectare
Defined in the 1990 Town & Country Planning Act describing “the carrying out of building, engineering, operation in, on or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any building or other land”
Statutory Development Plan setting out the policies that direct future development in an area
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
Land identified for business, general industrial or storage and distribution as per the Use Classes
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
Key development area usually identified and containing opportunities for prominent prestige developments
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
Includes lounges, bedrooms, kitchens, studies, conservatories etc., but not bathrooms , cupboards etc.
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
Designing the built environment to ensure that they can be accessed and used by everyone
Buildings, roads, schools, leisure facilities, churches, play areas, public open spaces etc.
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.
Local Authority
Listed Building Consent
London Borough Council
Lawful Development Certificate
Local Development Framework
Local Economic Partnership
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
10 dwellings or more or a site greater than 0.5 hectares or a floor area of 1,000 sq. m. or more
Combined effect of the arrangement, volume and shape of a building or group of buildings in relation to other buildings and spaces
Consideration relating to the purpose of planning legislation
Metropolitan Brough Council
Metropolitan District Council
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
9 dwellings or less, or a site under 0.5 hectares or a proposed floor area of 999 sq. m. or less
Minimum Viable Product
A European network of protected sites consisting of SAC and SPA
Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate
Document prepared by a Parish or Town Council or Neighbourhood Forum
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
Open space of public value including land, water, canals, rivers, lakes and reservoirs
As a building existed on 1st July 1948 or if after when it was first constructed
Planning permission to establish that the principle of planning is acceptable
Location outside of the existing urban area
Portable Appliance Testing
Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
Previously Developed Land (formally known as brownfield)
Predicted Energy Assessment
Designed to allow rainwater to infiltrate through the surface
Planning Inspectorate
Permission in Principle
A condition imposed on a grant of planning permission
A legally enforceable obligation entered into under Section 106 to mitigate the impacts of a development proposal
Planning approval confirmed via a decision notice
See Proposals Map
The proportion of a development site covered by buildings
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
Formal written notice that a planning application has been refused
The economic, social and environmental renewal and regeneration of an area
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
Site of Biological Importance
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
Supplementary Planning Document
Supplementary Planning Guidance
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
Any planning use not falling within a specific use class
Where a development meets the needs of present generation without compromising future generations
Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Technical Details Consent
Tree Protection Order
Setting out the transport issues relating to a proposed development
Management strategy for an organisation or a site that seeks to deliver sustainable transport objectives
Use Classes Order – the Town & Country (Use Classes) Order puts properties into various planning categories
Unitary Development Plan
Classes which categorise land usage into groups
Venture Capitalist
Valuation Office Agency
World Heritage Site – A cultural or natural site of outstanding universal value designated by the ICOMOS
Areas of habitat connecting wildlife populations 
Over a year, the net carbon emissions from all energy use in the home are zero

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