Affordable Housing
Housing intended to meet the needs of local people who are unable to afford to buy a house at market prices or wish to rent.  It is also referred to as social and low-cost housing.
Agenda 21
This was endorsed at the United Nations Conference on development and the environment (The Earth Summit) in Rio de Janero by the UK and 150 other nations.  The plan aims to improve the quality of life and the environment across the world.
Area of Restraint
An area where the open character is protected because of the valuable contribution they make to the character and structure of the urban area.
Bad Neighbour Development
Development that would have a harmful impact on the area.This could include for example development of heavy industry near a residential area.
Previously developed land, derelict land or land with buildings which are not required for their previous use.
Catchment Area
The area which a service use such as shops or schools serve.
Comparison Retailing
Shops selling goods which are not classed as a necessity such as food and groceries.
Countryside (Rural and Urban)
Rural Countryside outside of the defined settlement boundaries of the urban area, and Urban Countryside in the form of river valleys that penertrate the urban are, where the quality and character of that land will be protected and enhanced.
Convenience Retailing
Shopping for items that are classified a necessity.
Section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) defines this as: “The carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operation in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land”.
District Centres
A shopping centre which is not large enough to be called a town centre but serve a district of a town.  They usually contain at least one food supermarket and services such as Banks.
Areas of land which are protected from development.  Its purpose is to contain the sprawl of built up areas and prevent neighbouring towns from merging.
Land where no development has previously taken place such as agricultural or forestry land.
Houses in Multi-Occupation
Where more than 6 people who occupy a property live as separate households in separate rooms but with some degree of shared facilities.
Legal Agreement
Normally in planning, an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Act (1990) entered into between a Local Planning Authority and landowner for the residents of the development (See Section 106 Agreement later in this list).
Large industrial sites.
Local Agenda 21
The involvement of communities in sustainable development at the local level.  Local Authorities are seen to have an important part to play in this.
Local Plan
Sets of policies for the Borough which relate to land use issues e.g. provision of housing, employment, shopping and other uses.
Mixed Use
Sites which combine different uses such as housing and retail.
Outline Consent
Consent given for the principle of a development. Once this is given further applications can be submitted for the details of the scheme.
‘Over the Shop’
Using premises above shops for other uses such as residential.
Planning Permission
Permission granted by the Local Planning Authority to carry out development.
Section 106 Agreement
S106 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 allows any persons interested in land in the area of the Local Planning Authority to enter into a planning obligation.  This can include restricting the development or use of land in any specified way, requiring specified operations or activities to be carried out, requiring the land to be used in any specified way or requiring a sum or sums to be paid to the authority on a specified date or dates.
Small industrial sites.
Structure Plan
Document setting out the broad land use policies covering the whole of Warwickshire.  The Local Plan policies have to be in line with those policies.
Supplementary Planning Guidance/Supplementary Planning Documents
More detailed guidance on planning issues, proposals and development sites which is not appropriate (because of the degree of detail) to include in the Local Plan.
Development that meets the needs of the current residents of the Borough also protects the needs of future generations.
Transport Corridors
Major travel and transport routes within the Borough.
Windfall Sites
Housing sites which are not identified as allocated sites in the Local Plan but where development will meet the policies contained in the Local Plan – often small sites.  Sometimes known as Infill Development.

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