Glossary and Key Links

The following provides information about the key terms used within this website:

Affordable Housing – affordable housing can be for sale or rent and is for those whose needs are not met by the market. It can include housing that provides a subsidised route to home ownership and / or is for essential local workers. Whether a person is eligible for affordable housing is determined based on local incomes and local house prices.

Construction Environmental Management Plan – this is a document used to manage the site operations to reduce the impact of construction activities on the environment and surrounding area. Such documents can include measures to help reduce noise, vibration, dust, pollution, control construction hours and control the routes travelled by construction vehicles to the site. 

Harrogate District Local Plan (2014-2035) and Policies Map – the Local Plan sets out the scale and location of new development that is planned across the district. It includes a growth strategy up to 2035 and provides detailed policies on matters including the economy, housing, heritage, open space transport and the natural environment. The Local Plan allocates specific sites for particular types of development such as housing and employment uses, with the location of the allocations being shown on the Policies Map. The production of the Local Plan started in 2015 and it was adopted by the Council in March 2020. 

Housing Allocations / Commitments –the housing allocations are the sites allocated for residential development in the Local Plan, whilst the housing commitments are the sites referred to in the Local Plan which already have planning permission. The housing allocations and housing commitments are shown on the Local Plan Policies Map.

Low and Zero Carbon – Low and zero carbon technology (LZC) is the term given to technologies that emit low or no net carbon dioxide emissions. Net zero means that any carbon emissions created are balanced (or cancelled out) by taking the same amount out of the atmosphere. LZC technologies include solar hot water, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, combined heat and power (CHP), biomass heating, efficient gas boiler, solar photovoltaics and wind turbines.

Modern Methods of Construction – this is a term used to describe various offsite manufacturing and onsite techniques that provide alternatives to traditional house building. Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) range from off-site construction techniques, such as mass production and factory assembly, through to the use of innovative techniques for laying concrete blockwork onsite. The process can help eliminate unnecessary waste, improve quality, improve energy efficiency, as well as speed up the construction of new homes.

Outline planning application – this type of application seeks to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local authority. If permission is granted, the second stage in the process would be to submit an application seeking the approval of specific details known as “reserved matters”. A reserved matters application typically includes information about the layout, access, scale and appearance of the development, as well as the landscaping of the site. 

Site of Importance for Nature Conservation – these sites are of importance for their nature conservation value. The location of these sites is shown on the Local Plan Policies Map. They form part of a wider national network of locally valued wildlife sites. 

Special Landscape Area – these areas are valued locally for their high-quality landscape and their importance to the settings of Harrogate, Knaresborough and Rippon. Any development proposals within these areas need to meet various criteria as set out in the Local Plan.

West of Harrogate Parameters Plan – this document is being prepared by Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council, in conjunction with various other bodies and the promoters / owners of the relevant sites in the West of Harrogate area – including Homes England. The purpose of the Parameters Plan is to ensure the effective co-ordination of matters such as access, provision of community facilities, school provision, green infrastructure, public transport provision, cycling and pedestrian links between the three sites. The document will ensure an overall coordinated approach to development within this area.

West of Harrogate Infrastructure Delivery Plan – this document will establish the additional infrastructure and service requirements in the area to support the West of Harrogate sites and will set out how these will be delivered. 

Key Links

The following provides links to some websites which may be helpful: