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For those unfamiliar with planning terminology (which includes most of the advisory comittee) we put together a jaron buster - a list of Anacronyms and terms often used, with their English meanings.

Brownfield Land (Previously-Developed Land): - ‘Previously-developed land is that which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land and any associated fixed surface infrastructure.’

The definition includes defence buildings, but excludes:
(a) Land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings.
(b) Land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures.
(c) Land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments, which, although it may feature paths, pavilions and other buildings, has not been previously developed.
(d) Land that was previously-developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time (to the extent that it can reasonably be considered as part of the natural surroundings).

There is no presumption that land that is previously-developed is necessarily suitable for housing development nor that the whole of the curtilage should be developed.

SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment) the list of land put forward to South Oxfordshire for consideration before the Neighbourhood Plan was set up

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): A development 'tax' levied on the developer of a site to pay for infrastructure costs. Some of this Levy could be returned to Woodcote, or may be held by SODC - the split is still being debated.

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