Draft Delivery Agreement (March 2023)

Ended on the 20 April 2023
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Appendix 6: Glossary of Terms

Adopted Plan

The final version of the RLDP.


The final stage of Local Development Plan preparation where the RLDP becomes the statutory development plan for the area it covers.



Report (AMR)

A yearly report to monitor the effectiveness of the RLDP and ultimately determines whether any revisions to the Plan are necessary. It assesses the extent to which the RLDP strategy and objectives are being achieved and whether the RLDP policies are functioning effectively.


A description of the present state of an area.

Candidate Site

A site nominated by an individual with an interest in land (i.e. landowner, developer, agent or member of the public) to be considered for inclusion in the LDP. All Candidate Sites will be assessed for suitability for inclusion as potential allocations.


People living in a defined geographical area, or who share other interests and therefore form communities of interest.



Scheme (CIS)

The Community Involvement Scheme forms part of the Delivery Agreement. It outlines the principles of engagement and provides detail on how the Local Planning Authority will involve communities and stakeholders (including businesses and developers) in the preparation of the Local Development Plan.

Consensus Building

A process of dialogue with the community and other interested parties to understand relevant viewpoints and to seek agreement where possible.


A formal process in which comments are invited on a particular topic or draft document usually within a defined time period.


Swansea Council.


Agreement (DA)

A document comprising the local planning authority's timetable for the preparation of a Local Development Plan, together with its Community Involvement Scheme, submitted to the Welsh Government for agreement.


A formal six-week stage in which individuals and organisations can make representations on the RLDP. Representations that relate to whether the plan is 'sound' can then be examined by an Inspector.

Deposit Plan

This is a full draft of the RLDP which undergoes a formal consultation period prior to it being submitted to the Welsh Government for public examination.

Duly Made

Representations to the development plan which are made in the correct manner and within the specified consultation time period.


A proactive process that seeks to encourage the involvement and participation of the community and other groups in the decision-making process.

Evidence Base

Information and data that provides the basis for the preparation of the RLDP vision, objectives, policies and proposals and justifies the soundness of the policy approach of the LDP.


The examination involves public examination of the Deposit RLDP, the Deposit representations, the report of consultation, evidence base/background documents and the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal Report. This is carried out by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Welsh Government.


Community involvement and consensus building at early stages of plan preparation


Regulations Assessment (HRA)

Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) relates to the assessment of the impacts of a plan (or project) against the nature conservation objectives of European designated sites for any likely significant effects. HRA also ascertains whether the proposed plan would adversely affect the integrity of the site.


A measure of variables over time, often used to measure progress in the achievement of objectives, targets and policies.

Inspector's Report

The Report prepared by an independent Inspector who examines the RLDP. The Inspector's Report contains recommendations on the content of the final RLDP and is binding upon the Council. The Council must adopt the RLDP in the manner directed by the Inspector.

Interested Parties

Any person, group, organisation or company wanting to be involved in the preparation of the RLDP.


Generic term relating to community involvement that includes both participation and consultation techniques.



Plan (LDP)

A land use plan which includes a vision, strategy, area wide policies for development types, land allocations, and policies and proposals for key areas of change and protection. Allocations and certain policies are shown geographically on the Proposals Map forming part of the Plan. The LDP is a statutory development plan that each local planning authority area is required to produce in Wales.

Local Planning Authority (LPA)

In the case of Swansea, this is Swansea Council Local Planning Authority.

National Development Framework (NDF)

The NDF will set out a 20-year land use framework for Wales and will replace the current Wales Spatial Plan. The Welsh Government Planning Directorate has begun work on the NDF.


A statement of what is intended, specifying the desired direction of change in trends.


A process rather than a single event that provides opportunity for direct engagement with the community and stakeholders to input into decision making.


Other local authority departments and statutory bodies where the RLDP will help to deliver some of the objectives of their strategies. Partners may be expected to contribute in the formulation of relevant parts of the Plan.

Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW)

An independent body who will be responsible for the formal examination of the RLDP.

Planning Policy Wales (PPW)

Planning policy guidance for Wales produced by the Welsh Government is set out in this document


Stages of preparation and consultation of the RLDP before the Deposit Plan is finalised and approved by the Council.

Preferred Strategy

This sets out the broad strategic direction for the RLDP. This includes the preferred level of growth along with the spatial strategy for distributing the growth. It also includes the vision, issues and objectives of the Plan.

Press Releases

Sent to Welsh media, including newspapers, radio and television news stations as appropriate. Media may choose not to print or broadcast an item.


Regulations are set out in Welsh Statutory Instruments. They provide the framework for the preparation of the RLDP.

Report of


A Consultation Report is one of the documents required to be submitted for independent examination. An initial consultation report is also required for the pre-deposit stage.


Comments received in relation to the RLDP, either in support of, or in opposition to.

Review Report

The Review Report provides an overview of the issues that have been considered as part of the full review process and identifies changes that are likely to be needed to the RLDP, based on evidence. It also sets out the type of revision procedure to be followed in revising the LDP.


The process of deciding the scope and level of detail of an integrated sustainability appraisal (SA), including the sustainability effects and options which need to be considered, the assessment methods to be used and the structure and contents of the SA Report.

Soundness Tests

In order to adopt a RLDP it must be determined to be 'sound' by the Planning Inspector. The Tests of Soundness are set out in the Development Plans Manual (Edition 3, March 2020). There are three tests to make that judgement in relation to the plan as a whole. A framework for assessing the soundness of LDPs has been developed by the Planning Inspectorate.


People whose interests are directly affected by a RLDP (and/ or Integrated Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment) and whose involvement is generally through representative bodies.

Strategic Development Plan (SDP)

A Strategic Development Plan is a tool for regional planning to cover cross-boundary issues such as housing and transport. It will be prepared by a Strategic Planning Panel across a region. LPAs must have regard to the SDP when developing their LDPs.



Assessment (SEA)

Generic term used internationally to describe environmental assessment as applied to policies, plans and programmes. The European Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive (2001/42/EC) requires a formal "environmental assessment of certain plans and programmes, including those in the field of planning and land use".


When the RLDP, ISAR and HRA are formally submitted to the Welsh Government for independent examination by a Welsh Government appointed Inspector.



Guidance (SPG)

Provide more detailed or site-specific guidance on the application of RLDP Policies. They provide supplementary information in respect of the policies in a LDP. SPG does not form part of the RLDP and is not subject to independent examination.


Appraisal (ISA)

Tool for appraising policies, including LDPs, to ensure they reflect sustainable development objectives (i.e. social, environmental and economic factors). Each LPA is required by Section 62(6) of the Act to undertake SA of their Local Development Plan. This form of sustainability appraisal fully incorporates the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive.


Appraisal Report


A document required to be produced as part of the Sustainability Appraisal process to describe and appraise the likely significant effects on sustainability of implementing a LDP, which meets the requirements for the Environmental Report under the SEA Directive. Section 62(6) of the Act requires each LPA to prepare a report of the findings of the SA of the LDP. It is an integral part of the development plan making process.

Swansea Council

This is the name of the Local Planning Authority preparing the RLDP.


Sets out the dates by which key stages and processes of RLDP preparation are expected to be completed. These are definitive for stages up to the deposit of the RLDP and indicative for the remaining stages after.

Well-being of



(Wales) Act


The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is legislation that requires public bodies, such as local authorities, to put long term sustainability at the forefront of their thinking to make a difference to lives of people in Wales. Local authorities must work towards the seven well-being goals and enact the five ways of working set out in the Act.


Where members of the public have the opportunity to engage in group debates and practical exercises with written or drawn 'output'.

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