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GLOSSARY of PLANNING TERMS - Planning Portal pages with a comprehensive list of terms.

AONB - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

CONSERVATION AREA - What you can and can't do.  PDFs of conservation area maps.

CONTAMINATED LAND - See our Environment page for information on Contaminated Land and Planning.

DESIGN & ACCESS STATEMENTS - These can be required for a planning application.

FLOOD RISK - Environment Agency standing advice on flood risk.

LISTED BUILDINGS - Listed Building Consent is the consent needed to do works to a listed building, and must be applied for, along with planning or other permissions.

Following a grant of planning permission, it may be necessary to make amendments to the permission. Whether or not a proposed amendment is non-material will depend on the circumstances of the case – a change which may be non-material in one case could be material in another. However, North Norfolk District Council applies the following criteria when considering whether an amendment is ‘non-material’:

  1. The amendment does not alter the development materially from the approved description of the planning permission granted or the appearance of the development.
  2. No adopted planning policy would be breached by the amendment.
  3. The amendment would not conflict significantly with the terms of an objection lodged in relation to the original permission.
  4. The proposed amendment would not move any wall outwards significantly towards a boundary.
  5. The amendment would not significantly increase the height of any roof.
  6. The amendment would not introduce any window which could potentially permit overlooking of other properties.

Exceptions to criteria 4, 5 and 6 may be made in circumstances where no loss of amenity or injustice to the occupiers of neighboring properties would be affected.
If you are uncertain whether an amendment is ‘non-material’ you should seek pre-application advice with the District Council (ideally with the planning officer who dealt with the original planning application).

The National Planning Policy Framework was published in March 2012, consolidating over two-dozen previously issued documents called Planning Policy Statements (PPS) and Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPG). The Framework is a key part of the Coalition Government reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth. Local authorities must take the contents of the NPPF into account when preparing plans and considering planning applications.  In March 2014 an online National Planning Policy Framework practice guide was released.

PARs - Planning application requirements.
Information about what national and local requirements have to be satisfied for different types of planning applications.

Information about what you are permitted to do without making a planning application, including Article 4 restrictions where those permitted development rights have been removed.

Planning conditions are often applied to the grant of planning permission. These limit and control the way in which the planning permission may be implemented. Conditions may be imposed on the grant of planning permission for regulating development or use of any land under the control of the applicant, requiring the carrying out of works on any such land, the removal of any buildings or works authorised by the permission, or the discontinuance of any use of land so authorised, at the end of a specified period, and the carrying out of any works required for the reinstatement of land at the end of that period.

Section 106 (S106) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows a local planning authority to enter into a legally-binding agreement or planning obligation with a landowner in association with the granting of planning permission. The obligation is termed a Section 106 Agreement.
These agreements are a way of delivering or addressing matters that are necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms. They are increasingly used to support the provision of services and infrastructure, such as highways, recreational facilities, education, health and affordable housing.
The scope of such agreements is laid out in the government’s National Planning Policy Framework which states that a S106 must be:

  • Necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms
  • Directly related to the development
  • Fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind.

North Norfolk District Council’s standard terms for inclusion of Section 106 Agreements relating to affordable housing can be downloaded here .

Planning Policy is the process of preparing documents that set out the Council's approach to the management of development in the District. This involves preparing a local plan containing policies and proposals that set out what can be built and where. The local plan for North Norfolk is known as the Local Development Framework - a series of documents that sets out how your local area may change over the next few years. The planning policies which guide planning decisions in North Norfolk are contained in the Core Strategy and proposals for new development over the next 10-15 years are shown in theSite Allocations document. Other adopted documents are available from the Council's Planning Policy web pages.

This is an area of land which English Nature has deemed to be of special interest by reason of its flora, fauna or geological or physiographical features. These sites are notified under Sections 28 or 29 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
See English Nature's web pages
Read the Council's Core Strategy Policy EN 9 Biodiversity & Geology, which has a link to a map.

These are a more natural approach to managing the rainfall and surface water drainage for a development. SuDS are designed to mimic or improve the natural drainage of the greenfield catchment. SuDS provide multiple benefits and comprise a variety of components all of which reduce the impact of water flow on existing watercourses and sewer networks.

The National Standards when published will be available for download on Norfolk County Council’s website.  The likely implementation date is now likely to be in autumn of this year, but it is expected  that commencement will be phased and only major developments will require SAB Approval in the first 3 years.

It is anticipated that SuDS applications will be submitted with planning applications to NNDC, for forwarding on to Norfolk County Council (the SAB). Applications will be decided in accordance with National Standards for sustainable drainage systems (pdf 181KB). It is expected that the SAB will adopt approved SuDS for schemes which serve more than one property.

Examples of SuDs and their benefits

  • Green roofs - The vegetated surface provides degree of retention, attenuation and rainwater
  • Rainwater harvesting systems - Collects rainwater from roofs and other surfaces for use at the property rather than allowing it to drain away
  • Permeable or porous surfaces – Allows water to soak through the surface for storage and/or slow release into the ground or storage system
  • Fliter drains – trenches filled with permeable material and often with a perforated pipe in the base
  • Soakaways – An underground designed to allow infiltration of surface water
  • Filter strips – Gently sloping vegetated areas designed to drain and filter water
  • Swales – Broad, shallow channels that are designed to store water and allow it to infiltrate into the ground or run slowly into a pond or drainage system
  • Retention/infiltration basins – Vegetated basins that are normally dry, but store water during or following storm events. Can aid infiltration of water into the ground
  • Ponds and wetlands – Shallow areas that are designed to store water and improve water quality
  • Planting – The planting of woodland can slow the rate of water run off and help filter out pollution and sediments

This PDF file lists examples of SuDS that have been developed in Norfolk
For further information about SuDS please contact Norfolk County Council.

See our Trees and Landscape page for more information.