The new planning system has created a whole new language for
planners, councillors and the local community to try and learn. To
help we have created a jargon buster.
Please note - entries shown in italics relate solely to the old
planning system (under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as
amended by the Planning and Compensation Act 1991).
Area Action Plan (AAP) - These plans will focus
on implementation. They will provide an important mechanism for
ensuring development of an appropriate scale, mix and quality for
key areas of opportunity, change or conservation.
Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) - Councils are
required to produce AMRs to assess the implementation of the Local
Development Scheme. They also assess the extent to which policies
in local development documents are being achieved.
Core strategy - The long term spatial vision
and strategy for the area, including the key strategic policies and
proposals to deliver that vision.
Development plan - The framework of statutory
plans that affect an area. Currently this consists of the
Humberside Structure Plan and the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.
Under the new system it will consist of the Regional Spatial
Strategy for Yorkshire and the Humber, and the development plan
documents of the North Lincolnshire Local Development Framework.
Decisions on planning applications should conform to the
development plan, unless material considerations dictate
Development Plan Document (DPD) - The documents
that a local planning authority must prepare. They have to be
subject to rigorous procedures of community involvement,
consultation and independent examination. These DPDs should include
the following elements:
- Core strategy
- Site specific allocations of land
- Area action plans (where needed)
- Proposals map (with inset maps, where necessary).
Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber (GOYH)
- represents major government departments and the
Secretary of State in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Local
planning authorities are required to consult the Secretary of State
(via the GOYH Planning Teams) about the policies they propose to
include in their development plans. The Secretary of State
considers the Local Development Scheme (LDS) and notifies the local
planning authority whether or not he intends to issue a
Local Development Document (LDD) - The generic
term for documents that can be included in the Local Development
Framework (LDF). Comprises development plan documents (DPDs),
supplementary planning documents (SPDs) and the Statement of
Local Development Framework (LDF) - The LDF
will contain a portfolio of LDDs. These will provide the local
planning authority's policies for meeting the community's
economic, environmental and social aims for the future of their
area where this affects the development of land.
Local Development Scheme (LDS) - The LDS sets
out the programme and timetable for preparing the LDDs.
Local plan - Part of the development plan
under the old system. Statutory area-wide document prepared under
the old system. It sets out land use policies and proposals for the
Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) - Statements
of Government policy on a range of topics. These are being replaced
over time by Planning Policy Statements.
Planning Policy Statement (PPS) - Government
statements of national planning policy. These are being phased in
to supersede Planning Policy Guidance notes (PPGs). The LDF must
conform to these planning policy statements.
Proposals map - Illustrates policies and
proposals in development plan documents.
Regional Planning Guidance (RPG) -
Non-statutory guidance under the old system, issued by the
Secretary of State. They set out regional planning policy. They are
being replaced by the Regional Spatial Strategy.
Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) - A statutory
document under the new system that replaces Regional Planning
Guidance. It sets out the regional spatial strategy and policies.
New local development documents will have to be in accordance with
it. It will also inform local transport plans, regional and
sub-regional strategies and programmes that have a bearing on
land-use activities. It will be prepared by the Yorkshire &
Humber Assembly and issued by the Secretary of State.
Site specific allocations - A document that
will set out the detailed site specific areas of land for
development, particularly for housing, employment uses, leisure,
open space, mixed use development and related transport proposals.
These allocations will contribute to meeting the vision and aims
for the future development of North Lincolnshire contained in the
Spatial strategy - LDDs are required to adopt a
spatial planning approach. This goes beyond traditional land use
planning. It brings together and integrates policies for the
development and use of land with other policies and programmes that
influence the nature of places and how they function.
Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) -
Document explaining to stakeholders and the community how and when
they will be involved in the preparation of the LDF. It also
explains the steps that will be taken to facilitate this
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) -
Environmental assessment of policies, plans and programmes required
under European SEA Directive 2001/42/EC
Structure plan - Part of the development
plan under the old system. The plan is abolished under the new
system. Statutory document setting out county-wide land use
strategy and policies.
Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - SPDs
are intended to elaborate upon the policy and proposals in DPDs.
But do not have their status. They can also be used as a material
planning consideration when considering planning applications. They
do not have the same status as DPDs so there is no requirement for
a public examination. But there will be ongoing community
involvement during the preparation process.
Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) -
Non-statutory guidance prepared under the old system to expand on
policies and proposals in the Local Plan or Structure Plan. Being
replaced by Supplementary Planning Documents.
Sustainability Appraisal (SA) - A social,
economic and environmental appraisal of strategy, policies and
proposals. It is required for the Regional Spatial Strategy, all
development plan documents and supplementary planning documents. It
is to be undertaken jointly with the Strategic Environmental
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