National Planning Framework 4: explanatory report

This explanatory report accompanies our National Planning Framework 4 revised draft. It provides a summary of the representations made through our consultation on Draft National Planning Framework 4 and sets out the changes made in response to those reviews.

Annex C – Glossary of Definitions

Summary of representations

Around 200 respondents made a comment at Question 58 on the Glossary.

This included a range of frequently suggested additional terms to define, and suggested changes to existing definitions.

Overview of changes

All of the terms suggested to be added or amended were carefully considered. This led to 22 terms being added to the Glossary following specific stakeholder suggestions, and a further 23 terms added to provide further clarity and respond to general points about tightening up the use of language. Amendments were made to some definitions to respond to points make by stakeholders, where changes help to provide clarity and certainty. Some terms raised by stakeholders were not added, or amended, this was generally because they related to a value based term, which is a matter for the decision-maker, or because the definition that was included in the Draft NPF4 is an established definition already in use, or because the term no longer appears in the revised version.

Details of changes

Terms added

Terms added following stakeholder suggestion - to respond to stakeholder requests and provide clarity.

  • Ancient woodland
  • Community wealth building
  • Deliverable Housing Land Pipeline
  • Derelict land
  • Flooding from all sources
  • Flood risk area or at risk of flooding
  • Infrastructure First
  • Just transition
  • Local authority supported affordable housing plan
  • Minimum All-Tenure Housing Land Requirement
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Negative emission technologies
  • Prime agricultural land
  • Ramsar sites
  • Sustainable travel
  • Town Centre First Assessment
  • Vacant land
  • Veteran tree
  • Wellbeing economy
  • Wheeling
  • Woodland

Additional terms added - to provide clarity.

  • 4G
  • 5G
  • Business and industry
  • Carbon capture, utilisation and storage
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Essential infrastructure
  • Green recovery
  • Infrastructure first
  • Landbank (construction aggregates)
  • Local housing land requirement
  • Locality plan
  • Locations of concern
  • National Transport Strategy
  • Outcomes Improvement Plan
  • Place Principle
  • Play sufficiency assessment
  • Protected characteristics
  • Public benefits
  • Town centre vision
  • Unused or under-used land

Terms Amended

Terms amended in response to stakeholder views/corrections

  • 20 minute neighbourhood
  • Affordable Home / Affordable Housing
  • Enabling development
  • Green space
  • Housing Land Requirement
  • Nature network



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