Planning glossary

Below you will find a glossary of commonly used planning terms and further guidance on how these are used.

Planning terms explained
Term Definition Further guidance
Advert control The placing of advertisements displaying a company name,
a service, a product or a building name, which can be either free -standing or attached to a structure such as a wall or building.
See the apply for planning permission page for guidance.
Agent The person/company instructed to act on behalf of the applicant.  
Appeal

A grievance against the local planning authority’s decision
can be challenged by appealing to the planning inspectorate based in Bristol, who are independent from the local authorities

See the appeal a planning decision page.
Applicant The person submitting the planning scheme. Often the owner
of the property or an interested party seeking advice or approval
of a scheme.
 
Application Describes the collective information consisting of application form, plans, completed certificates, site and location plan. See the apply for planning permission page for examples and best practice.
AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A landscape designation that protects certain landscapes by restricting certain types of development.  
Article 4 directions Removes certain types of permitted development. See the apply for planning permission page for guidance.
Block plans

Aerial view of a map indicating proposed works.

See the apply for planning permission page for examples and best practice.
CIL Community Infrastructure Levy – where a payment of a TAX
charge may be required dependant on development type
See the Community
Infrastructure Levy page for more information
Conservation  Area An area designated for its historic value as identified in the conservation area appraisal. Certain development in conservation areas is restricted. See the Conservation Area page for more guidance.
Designation Where an address point falls within a Green Belt,
Conservation Area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a 
Flood Risk area, etc.
See the Frequently Asked Questions page for information on how to see if your land is designated.
Decision

The end of the process where an application has been decided, often containing conditions.

See the apply for planning permission page for information on this process.
Development The built form, such as an extension or alteration to the existing building, new property or other building and/or associated works. See the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for the legal definition of 'development'.
Flood Risk An area identified as being at risk of flooding. Flood risk can be either 'fluvial' (from watercourses/rivers), or 'surface water' (from rainwater). Fluvial flooding is zoned from Zone 1 (low risk) to Zone 3 (high risk). Surface water is graded as 'low', 'medium' or 'high'. See the Flood Map for Planning (external website) to see if an area is affected by flooding.
Flood Risk Assessment

Also known as FRA. This is a document that contains information about the risk of flooding and what steps have been considered to reduce the risk of flooding

See the apply for planning permission page for guidance on how/when to do this.
GIS Geographic Information System. A mapping system containing
several layers.
See the MyMaps section of MyWycombe to view our GIS.
Green Belt The Metropolitan Green Belt was designated in the 1950s to control
the outward sprawl of London. Development on Green Belt land is
restricted, however it is permitted in certain cases.
See the apply for planning permission page for guidance on permitted development in the
Green Belt.
Householder Describes proposals to an existing residential dwelling
(ie house/property).
 
Listed building A building, structure or wall that has historic value and interest
will be graded as either Listed, Grade I, Grade II or Grade II* to protect the fabric and historic value.
See the Listed Buildings page
for further information.
Local Plan The plan for future development in Wycombe District which sets out planning policies (rules) for planning applications. Also identifies future areas for housing, employment and other uses. See the Wycombe development
plan for the adopted local plan. See new local plan for the plan currently being worked on.
Local Planning Authority The authority responsible for decisions on planning matters. See the planning portal (external link) for information on how to find your local planning authority.
Location plan Aerial view of a map indicating the area or building of the proposal See the apply for planning permission page for examples and best practice.
Material considerations Material considerations can include (but are not limited to)
overlooking/loss of privacy and loss of light or overshadowing.
See the Planning Portal for guidance.
Minor amendment An application type that alters the original permitted scheme
with minor works, ie works that are small and do not impact
upon neighbouring properties.
See the apply for planning permission page for details on how to do this.
MyWycombe Found on Wycombe District Council’s website. Shows your
councillor, bin collection, designated area (if in one), planning
applications, etc – a one stop shop.
See MyWycombe on our website.
NPPF National Planning Policy Framework. View the NPPF online.
Ownership certificate Forms part of the planning application form. There are four options: 
certificate A, B, C or D – check the form and opt for one
certificate only.
See the apply for planning permission page for examples and best practice.
Permitted development Allows certain works (extensions/outbuildings) to be carried out
without full planning consent. Works are carried out under the
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development)
(England) Order 2015 (as amended).
See the apply for planning permission page for guidance.
Planning conditions Conditions/rules for the decision of a planning applications. These may include certain restrictions or requirements for the proposed use both prior to and after building. These conditions in certain situations can be discharged. See the planning conditions explained page for more information.
Planning history A history check on a specific site, building or area. Planning
records date back to 1 July 1948. All planning applications are
recorded and stored at the Council offices and via the Council's
website.
See the apply for planning permission page for details on how to do this.
Planning policy These are either national or local policies, eg NPPF or Local Plan.

For national policy see NPPF. For local policy see the Wycombe Development Plan.

Planning Portal An external website providing planning guidance and where you can
submit an online planning application.
See the Planning Portal website.
Proposal Description of works proposed. See the apply for planning permission page for examples and best practice.
Register Processing of planning application, checking correct and completed documents have been submitted. See the apply for planning permission page for more information on this process.
Section 106 agreements Legal document setting out terms of implementation of a
development and/or schedule of fees upon completion.
See the apply for planning permission page for more information on this process.
Scale bars Found on all plans indicating a recognised scale of 1:20, 1:50,
1:100, 1:200, 1:500, 1:1250 or 1:2500. The scale bar will show
distances in metres.
See the apply for planning permission page for examples and best practice.
Schemes Relates to the proposal(s) itself. See the apply for planning permission page for examples and best practice.
Site plan Aerial view of a map indicating proposed works. See the apply for planning permission page for examples and best practice.
Use class Categories of various 'uses' for a building or land (eg shops, drinking establishments, hot food takeaways). See the use classes and permitted development rights explained for further information.
Valid Planning application has been fully processed and proceeds
to a planning officer for determination.
See the apply for planning permission page for more information on how to make a valid application.
Validation Planning application is at the final stages of being assessed
before becoming a valid application.
See the apply for planning permission page for more information on this process.

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