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APPENDIX E
GLOSSARY


A Community Plan for the Borough of Bedford The plan for Bedford Borough Council published in January 2005. The key themes are promoting community safety, providing housing and building communities, improving the environment, improving health, strengthening the economy, developing learning opportunities and skills, creating better transport, promoting leisure, and including everyone.
Air Quality Management Area An area where it is predicted that any one of the national air quality standards and objectives will not be achieved as required by Part 4 of the Environment Act 1995.
Allocations Sites specifically identified on the Proposals Map for development.
Annual Monitoring Report Report that monitors the progress with and the effectiveness of the production of the Bedford Development Framework. It is produced each financial year.
B1 Uses Businesses including offices, high tech and light industry.
B2 Uses General industrial development.
B8 Uses Storage and distribution including warehousing.
Bedford Development Framework The local name of the Local Development Framework.
Bedford Partnership Board (Local Strategic Partnership) A multi – agency group which brings together representatives from the statutory, voluntary and business sectors in an effort to produce a long term visionary plan for the borough and its diverse communities.
Bedford Town Centre Company Limited Independent company formed with the object of promoting the prosperity and attractiveness of the town centre and through a subsidiary company managing the programmes associated with Bedford Business Improvement District.
Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Action Plan (2001) A framework for the delivery of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan for areas in Bedfordshire and Luton. It identifies priorities and establishes a programme for the conservation of local and nationally important biodiversity.
Biodiversity The variety of life on earth or in a specified region or area.
Business Improvement District An area of the town centre where businesses have agreed to pay an extra levy on top of business rates to achieve the prosperity and attractiveness of that area of the town centre.
Climate change Long-term changes in temperature, precipitation, wind and all other aspects of the earth's climate. Often regarded as a result of human activity and fossil fuel consumption.
Conservation  Areas Under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, local planning authorities are able to designate as conservation areas any “areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.
Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan The long-term spatial vision and strategy for the local planning authority area, including the key strategic policies and proposals to deliver that vision. The plan has status of a Development Plan Document.
Corporate Plan The council’s priorities are that the council will be a listening council, a clean and green borough, a safer borough, a prosperous borough, an enjoyable borough and achieve a balanced housing market.
A Community Plan for the Borough of Bedford The plan for Bedford Borough Council published in January 2005. The key themes are promoting community safety, providing housing and building communities, improving the environment, improving health, strengthening the economy, developing learning opportunities and skills, creating better transport, promoting leisure, and including everyone.
Air Quality Management Area An area where it is predicted that any one of the national air quality standards and objectives will not be achieved as required by Part 4 of the Environment Act 1995.
Allocations Sites specifically identified on the Proposals Map for development.
Annual Monitoring Report Report that monitors the progress with and the effectiveness of the production of the Bedford Development Framework. It is produced each financial year.
B1 Uses Businesses including offices, high tech and light industry.
B2 Uses General industrial development.
B8 Uses Storage and distribution including warehousing.
Bedford Development Framework The local name of the Local Development Framework.
Bedford Partnership Board (Local Strategic Partnership) A multi – agency group which brings together representatives from the statutory, voluntary and business sectors in an effort to produce a long term visionary plan for the borough and its diverse communities.
Bedford Town Centre Company Limited Independent company formed with the object of promoting the prosperity and attractiveness of the town centre and through a subsidiary company managing the programmes associated with Bedford Business Improvement District.
Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Action Plan (2001) A framework for the delivery of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan for areas in Bedfordshire and Luton. It identifies priorities and establishes a programme for the conservation of local and nationally important biodiversity.
Biodiversity The variety of life on earth or in a specified region or area.
Business Improvement District An area of the town centre where businesses have agreed to pay an extra levy on top of business rates to achieve the prosperity and attractiveness of that area of the town centre.
Climate change Long-term changes in temperature, precipitation, wind and all other aspects of the earth's climate. Often regarded as a result of human activity and fossil fuel consumption.
Conservation  Areas Under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, local planning authorities are able to designate as conservation areas any “areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.
Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan The long-term spatial vision and strategy for the local planning authority area, including the key strategic policies and proposals to deliver that vision. The plan has status of a Development Plan Document.
Corporate Plan The council’s priorities are that the council will be a listening council, a clean and green borough, a safer borough, a prosperous borough, an enjoyable borough and achieve a balanced housing market.
Local   Development Framework (LDF) A portfolio of Local Development Documents that provides the framework for delivering the spatial strategy of the area.
Local Development Scheme (LDS) Rolling three-year project plan for the preparation of Local Development Documents.
Local Nature Reserves Areas of land which are of significant nature conservation value at the local level.
Local Plan Part of the Development Plan under the old system. Statutory district-wide documentprepared under the old system that sets out land use policies and proposals for the area.
Local Plan Commitments Land identified for development in the Adopted Local Plan.
Local Transport Plan Five-year strategy prepared by the County Council for the development of local, integrated transport, supported by a programme of transport improvements.
It is used to bid to government for funding transport improvements.
Milton Keynes South Midlands Sub-Regional  Strategy Strategy relating to the part of the borough (Bedford, Kempston and the northern Marston Vale) which has been identified by the government as a Growth Area.
Mixed Use Development In the past there has been a tendency to define areas of single land uses. Mixed use development promotes the integration and diversity of land uses which has benefits such as reducing the need to travel and deterring criminal activity by generating different activities at different times of the day.
Planning Policy Guidance Statements of Government policy on a range of issues – being replaced over time byPlanning Policy Statements.
Planning Policy Statement New name for Planning Policy Guidance – statement of Government policy on a range of issues.
Preferred Options Document Produced as part of the preparation of Development Plan Documents, and is issued for formal public participation as required by Regulation 26.
Previously Developed Land Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure (excluding agricultural or forestry buildings), and associated fixed-surface infrastructure. The definition covers the curtilage of the development.
Primary Shopping Area The area where Class A1 Uses (shops) predominate.
Proposals Map Illustrates policies and proposals in Development Plan Documents.
Public Art Permanent or temporary physical works of art visible to the general public, whether part of a building or freestanding. For example, sculpture, lighting effects, street furniture, paving, railings and signs.
Public Realm Public spaces which include streets and squares.
Regional Economic Strategy A framework for improving the Region’s economic performance produced by the East of England Development Agency.
Regional Housing Strategy Sets out the strategic direction for the delivery of housing in the East of England and informs affordable housing investment decisions.
Regional Planning Guidance Non-statutory guidance under the old system, approved by the Government settingout regional planning policy - being replaced by the Regional Spatial Strategy.
Regional Spatial Strategy A statutory document under the new system that replaces Regional Planning Guidance setting out regional spatial strategy and policies. New Local Development Documents will have to be in accordance with it. Bedford Borough Council’s Regional Spatial Strategy is currently the draft East of England Plan.
Regional Transport Strategy Produced as part of the Regional Spatial Strategy informed by the delivery programmes of the Highways and Rail Authorities.
Renaissance Bedford An organisation set up to help deliver planned growth in the Bedford area.
Renewable Energy Energy derived from sources that are available in an unlimited supply.
Rural Policy Area The area of the Borough not covered by the Bedford, Kempston and northern Marston Vale Growth Area. This area is shown on the Key Diagram.
Scheduled Ancient Monuments Under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, the Secretary of State for National Heritage is required to compile and maintain a schedule of monuments of national importance. The monuments are statutory protected in a similar way to listed buildings.
Sites of Special Scientific Interest Statutorily notified under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as being nationally important sites of special nature conservation interest. Sites of Special Scientific Interest’s may include wildlife habitats, geological features and landforms.
Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) Sets out the approach of the authority to involving the community in the preparation, alteration and review of Local Development Documents and in the consideration of significant planning applications.
Strategic   Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental assessment of policies, plans and programmes required under the European SEA Directive 2001/42/EC.
Structure  Plan Part of the old Development Plan system which is now being phased out– It will belargely replaced when the East of England Plan is approved.
Supplementary  Planning Documents (SPD) Statutory documents that expand upon policies or proposals in Development Plan Documents. These replace Supplementary Planning Guidance.
Supplementary  PlanningGuidance (SPG) Non-statutory guidance prepared under the old system to expand upon policies and proposals in the Local Plan or Structure Plan. Being replaced by SupplementaryPlanning Documents.
Sustainability Appraisal (SA) A social, economic and environmental appraisal of strategy, policies and proposals that is required for the Regional Spatial Strategy, all Development Plan Documents and Supplementary Planning Documents. To be undertaken jointly with Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Sustainable Development “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (World Commission on Environment and Development 1987).
Town Centre Area Action Plan Plan to provide a planning framework for areas of change within Bedford town centre. The Plan has status of a Development Plan Document.
Vitality and Viability Essential elements in the stability and future prosperity of town centres. They stem not only from a variety of retail uses but from the range and quality of activities in town centres and their accessibility to people.
   

Note - entries shown in italics relate to terms relating solely to the old planning system

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