Paragraph C – Definitions of words and phrases used in Part 20
There are various words and phrases used in Part 20. Paragraph C defines these words and phrases to make it clear as to what each one means. This Paragraph C is up to date to the date shown at the end of the legislation.
Below this the full legislation for Paragraph C.
Interpretation of Part 20
C. (1) For the purposes of Part 20—
“agricultural tenancy” means a tenancy under—
(a) the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986; or
(b) the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995;
“block of flats” means a building which is divided horizontally and consists of separate and self contained premises constructed for use for the purposes of a dwellinghouse, and any ancillary facilities constructed solely for use by occupiers of the building;
“defence asset” is a site identified on a safeguarding map provided to the local planning authority for the purposes of a direction made by the Secretary of State in exercise of the powers conferred by article 31(1) of the Procedure Order or any previous powers to the like effect;
“detached” means that the building does not share a party wall with a neighbouring building;
“flat” means a separate and self-contained premises constructed for use for the purposes of a dwellinghouse;
“footprint”, in relation to a building, means the total area of ground covered by it;
“habitable rooms” means any rooms used or intended to be used for sleeping or living which are not solely used for cooking purposes, but does not include bath or toilet facilities, service rooms, corridors, laundry rooms, hallways or utility rooms;
“principal part” means the main part of the building excluding any front, side or rear extension of a lower height, whether this forms part of the original building or a subsequent addition;
“purpose-built”, in relation to a building (whether a block of flats or a dwellinghouse), means built as such and remaining as such;
“row”, in relation to a terrace building, means the row of two or more terrace buildings of which it forms part, where each building in the row—
(a) shares a party wall with, or has a main wall adjoining the main wall of, the building on either side; or
(b) if it is the end of a row—
(i) in the case of a row comprising more than two buildings, it shares a party wall with, or has a main wall adjoining the main wall of, a building which fulfils the requirements of paragraph (a); or
(ii) in the case of a row comprising only two buildings, it shares a party wall with, or has a main wall adjoining the main wall of, the other building in the row;
“technical sites” has the same meaning as in the Town and Country Planning (Safeguarded Aerodromes, Technical Sites and Military Explosives Storage Areas) Direction 2002.
“terrace building” means a building which is not detached.
(2) In Part 20 references to a “storey” do not include—
(a) any storey below ground level; or
(b) any accommodation within the roof of a building, whether comprising part of the original building or created by a subsequent addition or alteration,
and accordingly, references to an “additional storey” include a storey constructed in reliance on the permission granted by this Part which replaces accommodation within the roof of the existing building.
Page updated: 7th September 2020
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