Glossary of Terms
The dedication of housing to let or for sale via a registered social landlord.
Agricultural Holdings Act
A law containing provisions for the tenancy of agricultural land.
The process whereby bacteria break down organic material in the absence of oxygen. Used for industrial or domestic purposes to manage waste and / or produce fuels.
Person who designs buildings and in many cases supervises their construction.
A specialist report generally required for business premises.
Basic Payment Scheme
A rural grants and payments scheme to help the farming industry.
A biological material derived form living or recently living organisms.
British Cattle Movement Service
A UK government scheme to identify and track the movement of livestock.
Building and construction
The assembly and maintenance of property for domestic and commercial use.
An individual and more detailed report on condition.
The technical appraisal undertaken by a specialist on a potential of a development.
Local property taxes generally payable whether the property is occupied or not.
Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development
Issued by the planning department which establish that the use or development of land is lawful.
A tax on the profit when you sell an asset that's increased in value.
Chartered Surveyor is the description of Professional Members and Fellows of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Community Infrastructure Levy
A planning charge used as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.
The purchase by local or national government or land required for public purposes by agreement or otherwise.
Agricultural production carried out on the basis of an agreement between the buyer and farm producers. Quality, quantity and price are usually established in advance.
Countrywide Stewardship Scheme
Provides incentives for land managers to look after their environment.
Development Consent Order
A means of obtaining permission for developments categorised as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure.
Cartography undertaken remotely by satellite and computer systems.
The identification of property defects generally required under the terms of a lease.
To establish a business other than that of its current product. In respect of agricultural land the entrepreneurial use of farm resources for a non-agricultural purpose for commercial gain.
Drawing and Design
Technical plans required for construction and/or planning applications.
Binding legal agreements for above and below transmission of services or rights of way.
Responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices.
The advice given to a court by a specialist to assist with decisions.
Fire Risk Assessment
A specialist report generally required for business premises.
A natural fuel such as coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms.
The process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.
The application to local or national government for financial assistants
Grass Keeps and Grazing Agreements
Short term seasonal occupation licences of agricultural land.
To keep livestock in pursuit of an agricultural activity the place where they are to be kept must be registered as an agricultural holding. A County Parish Holding (CPH) number is issued for the land or premises. Further applications may be required when grazing animals on other landowners land.
Home Buyer Report
A condition report in a pre-scribed format as sanctioned by the RICS.
The term referring to electricity generated by hydropower through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water.
Paid if a person's estate (property, money and possessions) is above the Inheritance Tax Threshold when they die.
Legionella Risk Assessment
Specialist report to determine the risk of exposure to Legionella and Legionnaires' Disease.
The stock of property in the UK that is identified by Government as having particularly notable features.
The assessment by a specialist valuer of the value of all types of animal.
The placement of a property for sale or to let with all attendant promotion.
National Significant Infrastructure Projects
Major infrastructure developments in England and Wales such as power plants, large renewable energy projects, new airports and airport extensions, major road projects etc.
The development by national or local housing companies of new dwellings.
Ordnance Survey Mapping
The original and government backed system for UK land.
Part I Claims
Part I of the Land Compensation Act 1973 refers to claims for compensation for depreciation caused by use of Public Works.
Permitted Development Rights
A national grant of planning permission which allows certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application. They are, however subject to conditions and limitations to control impact and to protect local amenity.
A method of converting solar energy into direct current electricity using semiconducting materials.
A legal document required in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased's property under a will.
A public sale of property where open bids are made and a binding contract is entered into.
Property Market Appraisal
A non formal valuation giving general marketing advice – likely to be free
Quotas and Entitlement Trading
The trade of subsidies within the agricultural sector.
Pre-arranged telephone bidding on a property or chattel to be offered by auction.
Energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geo-thermal heat.
Section 106 Agreements
A mechanism which make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable. Linked to planning permissions and can also be known as planning obligations.
Two farming businesses occupying the same land, the landowner and the share farmer. A pre-agreed share of the value of the gross output (usually sales) would be paid to the businesses.
Single Payment and Agri-environment Schemes
An EU subsidy scheme to the agricultural community.
Stamp Duty Land Tax
Paid when buying property or land over a certain price in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Land that holds future potential for housing or commercial development.
Setting priorities and making decisions concerned with long term development.
A formal and binding report often undertaken for loan or divorce purposes for which a charge will be made.
Variable agreements between land owners and power/water companies for overhead cables.
A device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into electrical power.