Glossary of planning terms

This glossary is a summary of phrases relating to land use and planning matters in England only. It covers a variety of issues ranging from new development and regeneration, to conservation and environmental protection.

The glossary will shortly be updated to include terms from the recently published National Planning Policy Framework.


The Glossary is neither a statement of law nor an interpretation of the law and its status is only an introductory guide to planning issues and should not be used as a source for statutory definitions.


This glossary was originally produced by local planning authorities in the North East. The glossary was adapted for use as a national document by the Planning Portal.

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