Glosssary of Planning Terminology

This a work in progress to provide visors to the portal with explanations of planning terminology and links to relevant documents. See also the planning section of the Bishopston Society website. All suggestions of suitable content welcome.

BID Levy

The levy due from all traders in a BID Area, as a percentage of the Rateable Value of the property. For Gloucester Road BID,the current rate is 2%.

Business Rates

CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy)

Levy payable by developer where GIA exceeed 100 sq m. Some forms of housing are exempt but retail development is included. Rates vary but for retail development in Bristol, the rate is £120/m2. The council takes 5% for admin, gives 15% to the new Community Partnerships. and uses 80% for infrastructure which includes the rapid transit scheme, parks and green spaces, schools, regeneration of Knowle West and Locklease
According to BCR guidance, the decision on how the funds will be spent is to be made by a committee of the councillors in the relevant large planning area of which there are 6.
For the LIDL application, with 2,206 sq m, the levy would amount to £265k, of which about £40k would come to the area.


Certificate of Lawfulness

Gross Floor Area (GFA)

Gross Internal Area (GIA)

Permitted Development

Planning use classes

Retail classes

  • Class A1 – shops and retail outlets.
  • Class A2 – professional services.
  • Class A3 – food and drink.
  • Class A4 – drinking establishments.
  • Class A5 – hot food and takeaway.


Rateable Value

Section 106 (planning obligations)

Payments agreed under section 106 must be applied to mitigate issues directly associated with a development, in contrast to payments under CIL levy, 80% of which can be used for city-wide schemes.



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Town Centre

Tree Protection Order (TPO)