Glossary of planning terms
Article 4 directions
This removes the normal rights for owners to undertake
works to land and/or buildings. In these cases a
planning application must be made for any works specified in
the direction. There are three sites in Sefton to which
Article 4 direction relates, Langton Goods Yard, Sefton
Village and Moor Park.
A conservation area is an area which we consider to be of
"special architectural or historical interest, the character or
appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance".
Decision notices relating to Building Regulations and Planning
applications are issued independently. Where Building Regulation
approval and planning permission is needed, you should not start on
site until you have been formally notified that both of your
applications have been successful.
You should measure the height of buildings from the ground level
immediately next to it. If the ground is uneven, you should measure
from the highest part of the surface, unless you are calculating
The term highway includes any public roads, footpaths,
bridleways and public roads.
Listed Buildings are those
statutorily defined as being 'of special architectural or historic
interest'. These buildings are protected to preserve the best of
our built heritage.
The house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948
(if it was built before that date)
Standards or actions relating to a planning permission that the
owners must stick to when carrying out work.
PPG (Planning Policy Guidance Notes)
These contain Government advice and guidance on a
range of subjects. They should be taken into account by the
local authority in making policies and decisions. They are
currently under review and are being replaced with planning policy
statements (PPS). Drafts for consultation can be seen on the
DCLG website. (Ext)
A legally binding agreement between the Council and the owner(s)
of land and/or buildings, to make sure that works are carried out
(or payments made towards those works) outside of the development
SPG (Supplementary Planning Guidance)
These set out in more detail how the policies in the Unitary
Development Plan will work. Although they do not form part of
the Plan, they are important factors for the Council to take into
account when assessing planning applications. SPGs also help people to know
what sort of proposals are likely to get planning permission.
UDP (Unitary Development Plan)
The development plan for its area,
which consists of a long-term planning strategy and detailed local
proposals for how land should be used and developed.
Last Updated on 8/8/2012