Abbreviation/Term Definition
Affordable Housing Homes for people who are unable to access or afford market housing (for example vulnerable people and key workers) and includes social rented and intermediate housing.
Appropriate Assessment A mechanism for assessing the effects of development on the integrity of sites of international importance in respect of rare, endangered or vulnerable natural habitats or species and identifying mitigation measures which will reduce and where possible eliminate these effects.
Aggregate Limestone Crushed rock for the construction industry.
Aggregates Particles of rock (including sand, gravel, crushed stone) or inorganic manufactured material (slag or recycled crushed concrete) used in construction.
Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) An area where the national air quality objectives cannot be met, from this the local authority will put together a plan to improve the air quality called a 'Local Air Quality Action Plan'.
Area of Search An identified area used to guide mineral companies toward sustainable locations for mineral exploration, appraisal and possible development.
Biodiversity The variety of different life forms found in an area including all types of plants and animals.
Biodiversity Opportunity Area An area where the creation of new habitats or wildlife features, and the restoration of existing ones, is expected to deliver the greatest benefit for biodiversity.
Biomass Plant materials and animal waste used as fuel.
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) A tool designed to assess the environmental performance of new buildings.
Brownfield Land Previously developed land.
Building for Life National design standard for measuring the quality of major housing proposals.
Building Stone Naturally occurring rock suitable to be cut, split, or shaped into blocks for the construction industry (e.g. buildings, walls, pavements or roofs).
CABE Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment part of The Design Council.
Coal Bed Methane A gas produced (through the conversion of plant matter into coal) which is either absorbed onto or into pore spaces around the coal seam.
Coal Mine Methane Gas collected from operating mines and used as an energy source.
Code for Sustainable Homes An environmental impact rating system for housing in England, setting standards for energy efficiency and sustainability.
Conventional Oil and Gas Oil and gas sourced from permeable porous reservoir rocks.

Countryside Policy Area

Development restraint policy area covering the countryside in the eastern 'half' of Doncaster borough established through the Unitary Development Plan.
Countryside Protection Policy Area Development restraint policy area covering the countryside in the eastern 'half' of Doncaster borough, which will update and replace the Countryside Policy Area.
Cultural and Civic Quarter (CCQ) The development to house new council offices along with major new development uses such as housing, leisure and open space.
Decentralised Energy Systems The generation of energy from dispersed sources such as micro-renewable technologies, as opposed to large centralised systems (e.g. power stations).
Development Plan Document (DPD) A document which forms part of the LDF and the statutory development plan (e.g. the Core Strategy)
Dolomite A sedimentary rock forming mineral – calcium magnesium carbonate (CaMg(CO3)2.

Doncaster Biodiversity Action Plan

A plan that outlines wildlife and conservation priorities and provides guidance on how we can protect and enhance biodiversity.
Doncaster Main Urban Area Defined to comprise of Doncaster Town Centre, Doncaster Waterfront, Marshgate, Balby, Hexthorpe, Balby Carr, Doncaster Carr, Lakeside, Town Fields, Wheatley, Intake, Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall, Bessacarr, Cantley, Bentley, Richmond Hill, Cusworth, Scawsby and Scawthorpe.
East Coast Main Line (ECML) A 632km long electrified high-speed railway link between London and Edinburgh.
Ecosystem Services The valuable benefits that people get from a healthy natural environment.
Energy Minerals Hydrocarbons such as coal, oil and natural gas used as a fuel to produce electricity and heat.
Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) The proposed Doncaster-Sheffield Airport link road
Fields in Trust (FIT) Independent national organisation responsible for acquiring, protecting and improving playing fields including playgrounds and provides an advisory service for play, sport and recreation.
Geodiversity The variety of different minerals, rocks, fossils and landforms that determine the landscape and character of our natural environment.
Green Belt Development restraint policy area covering the western 'half' of Doncaster's countryside; it includes brownfield as well as greenfield land.
Greenfield Land which has not been previously developed.
Greenspace Land which is used for recreation, amenity, nature conservation, allotments, woodlands and other open space uses; it is usually but not necessarily greenfield.
Green Corridor Local housing renewal initiative, a partnership between Doncaster, Wakefield and Barnsley Councils to improve housing in the former coalfield communities in this area, includes Woodlands, Highfields, Askern, Adwick, Carcroft and Skellow.
Green Infrastructure Corridor A number of interlinked functions such as open space, land productivity, flood risk mitigation and wildlife that connect different green infrastructure assets such as parks, woodlands and floodplains across the wider network of green infrastructure.
Green Wedge Green wedges comprise the open areas around and between settlements, which maintain the links between built-up-areas and the countryside, prevent the coalescence (merging) of settlements and provide recreational opportunities. The key wedges are areas of strategic importance to the setting and identity of the settlements, providing a number of functions in the interests of protecting and promoting access to the countryside.
Heritage Asset A building, monument, site, place, area or landscape positively identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions. Heritage assets are the valued components of the historic environment. They include designated heritage assets such as listed buildings, conservation areas, historic parks and gardens and archaeological remains as well as assets identified by the local planning authority during the process of decision-making or through the plan-making process (including local listing).
Heritage Significance The value of a heritage asset to this and future generations because of its heritage interest. That interest may be archaeological, architectural, artistic or historic. Significance sums up the qualities that make an otherwise ordinary place a heritage asset and justifies a level of protection in planning decisions.
Historic Environment All aspects of the environment resulting from the interaction between people and places through time, including all surviving physical remains of past human activity, whether visible, buried or submerged, and landscaped and planted or managed flora. Those elements of the historic environment that hold significance are called heritage assets.
Housing Market Renewal National housing renewal initiative covering nine areas in the country of which South Yorkshire is one. Within Doncaster it includes Mexborough, Conisbrough, Denaby and Edlington.
Housing Renewal Site Site where older housing has or is to be cleared through the Pathfinder or other housing renewal initiative thereby creating an opportunity for new homes.
Industrial Mineral (including magnesian limestone (dolostone)) A commercial term for minerals used for non-construction purposes where the chemical properties are of key importance. Dolostone is an important raw material in iron and steel making and glass manufacture.
Key Diagram This is required by planning legislation to be included in the Core Strategy. It shows the key elements of the plan.
Local Development Framework (LDF) The new statutory development plan; it replaces the Unitary Development Plan. The Core Strategy is the first part of the new development plan.
Local Geological Site Area designated by the local authority for its geological interest.
Local Transport Plan Sets out the vision for a successful transport system across South Yorkshire.
Local Wildlife Site Area designated by the local authority for its wildlife interest.
Local Planning Authority (LPA) A body that develops planning policies and decides on planning applications for new development and land uses (e.g. Doncaster Council)
Magnesian Limestone (Dolostone) A sedimentary rock formed by the dolomitisation of limestones.
Micro-Renewable Energy Smaller scale generation of renewable energy using technologies such as solar panels or ground source heat pumps.
Mineral (as defined in Planning legislation) All substances in, on or under land of a kind ordinarily worked for removal by underground or surface working
Mineral Resources A mineral that is known to have some economic value.
Mineral Planning Authority (MPA) A body that, in relation to minerals, develops planning policies and decides on planning applications for new development and land uses (e.g. Doncaster Council).
Minerals Planning Policy Statements (MPS) Sets out the Government's policy on minerals and planning issues and provides advice and guidance to local authorities and the minerals industry on the operation of the planning system.
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Sets out the government's social, economic and environmental priorities relating to planning and articulates the government's vision of sustainable development. It will replace the existing raft of planning policy statements and planning policy guidance.
Park and Ride Includes bus and rail park and ride sites across the borough, where passengers park and leave their vehicle and catch the bus or train to their destination.
Pathfinder Housing Market Renewal Initiative by the Government covering nine areas in the country of which South Yorkshire is one. Within Doncaster it includes Mexborough, Conisbrough, Denaby and Edlington.
Permitted Reserves (Minerals) Mineral deposits with the benefit of planning permission for extraction.
Plan, Monitor and Manage Approach to housing delivery replacing predict and provide, housing sites are released (i.e. granted planning permission) only as and when they are needed so as to avoid an oversupply of land and so that development can be tied to planned infrastructure improvements and meet sustainability objectives such as ensuring brownfield sites are developed before greenfield sites.

Policy Area

An area of land that is covered by a particular policy.
Proposals Map This shows formal allocations made through Development Plan Documents.
Regional Aggregate Working Party (RAWP) A technical working group consisting of council officers, representatives of the aggregates industry and central government established to consider the supply and demand for aggregate minerals across the region.
Recycled Aggregates Material sourced from processing inorganic construction and demolition waste.
Regional Spatial Strategy for Yorkshire and the Humberside This forms part of the development plan for Doncaster and other planning authority areas in the region. The Government has announced its intention to abolish Regional Spatial Strategies.

Registered Social Landlords

Not for profit housing providers (e.g. Housing Associations) approved and regulated by the Government.
Renewable Energy Is energy which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are renewable (naturally replenished).
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (RHADS) Situated on the former RAF airbase at Finningley some 5.5 miles south east of Doncaster, this airport offers regular flights to and from a range of national and international destinations.
Scheduled Monuments These are 'nationally important' archaeological sites or historic buildings, given protection against unauthorised change.
Secondary Aggregates By product mineral waste (e.g. colliery spoil) and soft rock (e.g. shale) used (with or without processing) for construction purposes.
Sharp Sand and Gravel Silica rich mineral comprised of particles between 4mm and 80mm (suitable for concrete applications).
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Designated by Natural England and are afforded protection due to their importance as some of the country's best examples of wildlife sites.
Soft Sand Silica rich mineral comprised of particles finer than 4mm but courser than 0.063mm (suitable for mortar and asphalt applications).
Special Area of Conservation (SAC) This is a designation designed to conserve habitats and species that are rare or threatened in Europe.
Special Protection Area (SPA) This is a designation designed to safeguard the habitats of vulnerable, threatened or migratory birds.
Standalone Renewable Energy Developments where the principle use is to generate electricity from renewable sources.
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) These form a basis for preparing appropriate policies from flood risk management at local level.
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Assessment of potential housing land in Doncaster. Produced by a stakeholder group in 2008 and updated 2009 and 2011.
Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMAA) Assessment of the Doncaster Housing market including the demand and need for housing. Produced 2008.
Strategic Road Network (SRN) Consists of motorways and significant A roads (dual and single carriageways)
Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Not part of the statutory development plan but can provide more detail on the development of individual sites (Planning Briefs) or the operation of certain policies.

Sustainability Appraisal

The government requires Local Development Frameworks to be subject to this to evaluate social, economic and environmental impacts.
Sustainability Statement This must be submitted for all major applications showing how sustainability measures have been incorporated into the proposal including how the renewable energy requirements will be met.
Target Emission Rates Target emissions are the minimum energy performance of a building type required to meet the Building Regulations.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) An organisation supplying objective, impartial and up-to-date geological expertise and information for governmental, commercial and individual users.
Unconventional Gas Gas sourced from coal (such as methane), shale and underground coal gasification
Unitary Development Plan (UDP) The current statutory development plan; it will remain in force until it is replaced by the Local Development Framework including the Core Strategy.
Urban allocations/sites Sites within the existing UDP boundaries of towns and villages. Includes greenfield and brownfield sites but excludes undeveloped UDP greenfield allocations adjoining Green Belt or Countryside Policy Area (these are classed as urban extensions)
Urban extension allocations/sites Sites adjoining towns and villages but currently within Green Belt or Countryside Policy Area as defined in the UDP. They are mostly Greenfield. Also includes undeveloped UDP Greenfield allocations adjoining Green Belt or Countryside Policy Area.