Jargon Buster

Jargon Buster

Hatfield Peverel Neighbourhood Development Plan Jargon Buster

There is lots of jargon used in Planning, so to help everyone keep up here is a list of frequently used terms for our Neighbourhood Development Plan.  If you do not know a term used at a meeting please ask as it will then get added to our list.






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Baseline data




Evidence base


Neighbourhood Development Plan – The plan we are preparing.

Local Plan (prepared by Braintree District Council), used to determine planning applications in across the District.

Hatfield Peverel Parish Council

An Executive Committee (group) of the Parish Council,

Braintree District Council

Essex County Council

Rural Community Council of Essex - a local Charity who support groups doing Neighbourhood Development Plans

A National Organisation who are the lead in support provided by central government

Department of Communities and Local Government, the central government department responsible for Neighbourhood Planning

The group google mail email account hatfieldpeverelplan@gmail.com

The group online file sharing facility.  Please email the Gmail account for access.

Facebook – social media site with a group set up where people can discuss the project

Street Life – a discussion forum website with conversations and a group about the project

A social media site.  We are known as @peverel_ndp

When we talk on Twitter about the plan

The symbol #  when we talk about the plan on Twitter we use #hatfieldpeverelplan

Factual evidence that shows the current state that can be used for future comparison

Gathering demographic data (age, gender etc.) of people that we talk to in order to establish any gaps in our engagement.

All the factual information we have gathered to support our policies

Affordable Housing:

Housing, whether for rent, shared ownership or outright purchase, provided at a cost considered affordable in relation to incomes that are average or below average, or in relation to the price of general market housing



A term relating to Conservation Areas or Listed Buildings, but also to the appearance of any rural or urban location in terms of its landscape or the layout of streets and open spaces, often giving places their own distinct identity.


Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL):

A levy allowing local authorities to raise funds from owners or developers of land undertaking new building projects in their area.


Conditions (on a Planning Permission):

requirements attached to a planning permission to limit or direct the manner in which development is carried out


Core Strategy:

A local plan document. It sets out the long term vision for a local planning authority area (Braintree District), the strategic objectives, and the strategic planning policies needed to deliver that vision. It should help deliver the spatial elements of the Sustainable Community Strategy (the objectives that affect how your area will look and how it is used).


County Councils:

Responsible for the preparation of Waste and Minerals development plans, and dealing with applications for their own development for example, schools and libraries.


Decision Notice:

A formal, written, legal document which states the decision made by a planning authority in relationship to an application, usually the result of planning application and including any conditions attached to permission.



The legal definition of development is "the carrying out of building, mining, engineering or other operations in, on, under or over land, and the making of any material change in the use of buildings or other land" (Sec 55 of 1990 Act); this covers virtually all construction activities and changes of use.


Development Control/Management:

The process whereby a local planning authority receives and considers the merits of a planning application and whether it should be given permission having regard to the development plan and all other material considerations.


English Heritage:

Government advisors with responsibility for all aspects of protecting and promoting the historic environment. English Heritage is responsible for advising the government on the listing of historic buildings.


Green Belt:

A designation for land around certain cities and large built-up areas, which aims to keep this land permanently open or largely undeveloped. The purposes of the green belt are to:

(a) check the unrestricted sprawl of large built up areas prevent neighbouring towns from merging

(b) safeguard the countryside from encroachment

(c) preserve the setting and special character of historic towns

(d) assist urban regeneration by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land

Green Belts are defined in a local planning authority's development plan.


Greenfield Land:

Land (or a defined site) usually farmland, that has not previously been developed


Highways Agency:

An executive agency of the Department for Transport. The Highways Agency is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network of England.


Listed Buildings:

A building of special architectural or historic interest. Listed buildings are graded I, II* or II with grade I being the highest. Listing includes the interior as well as the exterior of the building, and any buildings or permanent structures (e.g. wells within its curtilage). English Heritage is responsible for designating buildings for listing in England.


Local Planning Authority:

The local authority or council that is empowered by law to exercise planning functions, often the local borough or district council. National parks and the Broads authority are also considered to be local planning authorities. County councils are the authority for waste and minerals matters.


Local Plan:

The plan for the future development of the local area, drawn up by the local planning authority in consultation with the community. In law this is described as the development plan documents adopted under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Current core strategies or other planning policies which under the regulations would be considered to be development plan documents, form part of the local plan. The term includes old policies which have been saved under the 2004 Act.


Material Considerations:

A matter that should be taken into account in deciding a planning application or on an appeal against a planning decision.


National Planning Policy Framework:

Designed to consolidate all policy statements (Except National Policy Statements referring to Nationally Strategic Infrastructure Projects). This provides a national policy overview that is implemented in Development Plans.


Neighbourhood Plans:

A plan prepared by a Parish Council or Neighbourhood Forum for a particular neighbourhood area (made under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004).


Parish Council:

Where an area is designated as a civil parish, the community it contains may be represented by a Parish Council which is an elected local government body. This provides a limited range of local public services and makes representations on behalf of the community to other organisations; particularly significant to planning in that it can make submissions on behalf of its community when development plan documents are being prepared and on planning applications submitted within the parish. An increasingly important role is in being proactive in the preparation of Parish Plans and Neighbourhood Planning.


Parish Plans:

A community planning tool which assists communities to articulate issues of concern to them. This results in an action plan which can be used to inform and endorse the Parish Council's role in acting on behalf of and representing the community.


Permitted Development:

Permission to carry out certain limited forms of development without the need to make an application to a local planning authority, as granted under the terms of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order.


Planning Committee:

A term referring to the planning decision-making body of a local authority. The planning committee is made up of elected members/councillors. One of the roles of planning committee is to make decisions on planning applications.


Planning Condition:

A condition imposed on a grant of planning permission (in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) or a condition included in a Local Development Order or a Neighbourhood development Order.


Planning Consultant:

A company that specialises in providing advice on planning matters. The Royal Town Planning Institute has an online directory providing information on planning consultancies based within the UK. The link is: www.rtpiconsultants.co.uk


Previously Developed Land (Brownfield land):

Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure. This excludes: land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures; land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously-developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time.


Section 106 Agreement

A legal agreement under section 106 of the 1990 Town & Country Planning Act.  Section 106 agreements are legal agreements between a planning authority and a developer that ensure certain additional works related to a development are undertaken, e.g. a new play area, a pelican crossing, etc. Can also be used to control development where a condition cannot be used (e.g. ensuring Shared Ownership housing remains as such even when sold on to subsequent purchasers.)


Tree Preservation Order (TPO):

A mechanism for securing the preservation of single or groups of trees of acknowledged amenity value. A tree subject to a tree preservation order may not normally be topped, lopped or felled without the consent of the local planning authority.


Use Classes Order:

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 puts uses of land and buildings into various categories. Planning permission is not needed for changes of use within the same use class.


DISCLAIMER: The information above is not a statement of the law. While every effort has been taken to check the accuracy of the information above, the RTPI or Planning Aid England cannot be held liable for any financial loss resulting from the professional advice contained herein. Readers are advised to seek advice from their local planning authority and/or a professional planning consultant, or specialist planning lawyer before proceeding on any matter.