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glossary of terms

A lot of jargon will be slung around in this Inquiry and in this blog over the coming weeks, and my jottings might attract a wider geographical readership – so I’ve put together a partial glossary. I’ll update and add to this glossary as I think will be helpful as the Inquiry unfolds.

BID – Ealing Broadway Business Improvement District company is an alliance of Ealing centre businesses who pay for improvements to the Ealing Broadway business environment. Glenkerrin dominates this alliance as many of the BID members have Glenkerrin as their landlord.

CABE – is the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. It is the Government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space.

Call in – In the context of this Inquiry this is where and when Regional or National Government decides to over-ride a Local Government Planning Committee decision and review, accept or reject a Planning Application themselves. For Arcadia it was a National Government ‘Call in’. The Public Inquiry is the major vehicle for prosecuting this National level decision making. National government Call in are rare. In May and June 2009, of the 260 UK Public Inquiries only five were National Government Call ins.

CoC – Chamber of Commerce

Ealing Council – is the local planning authority. Ealing is 3rd/4th largest of all London boroughs and its 300,000+ population exceeds that of Iceland. It has an annual turnover of around £1 billion and announced in June 2009 that it had built up ‘strong (financial) reserves’.

Ealing Metropolitan Centre – Ealing Metropolitan Centre (EMC) is a dumbbell shape with Ealing centre in the east; West Ealing Centre in the west; and an office ‘ribbon’ linking the two centres. EMC status is determined by Regional Government and it allows very big developments to be proposed. There are only 10 MCs in London, and Croydon is one of them.

English Heritage – is the Government’s statutory advisor on the historic environment.

Glenkerrin – The Glenkerrin Group is the corporate entity which owns ‘The Applicant’ Glenkerrin (UK) Ltd. Glenkerrin develops housing estates and hotels in Dublin and London. Glenkerrin has Tower Hamlets Council and Regional Government approval to build the UK’s tallest residential block – 62 storeys of it – in Westferry Road on The Isle of Dogs. However gang violence, graffiti, on-street drinking and sex is a recurring feature of Glenkerrin’s existing housing development – The Forge – also on the Isle of Dogs. In May 2009, two teenagers were hospitalised (one with stab wounds) and two youths arrested after an incident in The Forge.

GOL – Government Office for London. GOL is effectively Ealing’s Regional Government :‘representing central government across the capital’ as it puts it on its web site.

LDF – Local Development Framework. LDF was defined in The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. LDF is, in Government-speak, a folder of documents ‘for delivering the spatial strategy for the area’. Ealing Council has created and adopted their compulsory documents – Local Development Scheme (LDS), Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) and Annual Monitoring Reports. Incredibly creating and adopting a Development Strategy is optional! Although many UK towns have now created and adopted Development Strategies, Ealing is not one of them.

PINS – The Planning Inspectorate. This is the Government body which is conducting the Public Inquiry on behalf of the Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government who ‘called in’ Ealing Council’s decision to accept the Arcadia planning Application.

PPG – Planning Policy Guidelines. PPGs (which replaced PPSs – see below) are prepared,  after Public Consultation, by the Government to explain statutory provisions and provide guidance to local authorities and others on planning policy and the operation of the planning system.

PPS – Planning Policy Statements – PPSs have been replaced by PPGs – see above.

Rule 6 – not defined anywhere very well, ‘Rule 6 Status’ appears to give non-Statutory, ‘commenting’ parties a formal status as witnesses and cross examiners at a Public Inquiry. SEC is a Rule 6. party at the Arcadia Inquiry.

The Applicant – Glenkerrin (UK) Ltd

The London Plan – our Regional Spatial Strategy (as defined in The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004). The current version of the plan was conceived under our first London Mayor. Our second London Mayor is in the process of revising and re-issuing the plan.

Site 63 – the reference number of the Arcadia development site as specified in Ealing Council’s 2004 UDP.

SEC – Save Ealing’s Centre is an alliance of 26 local residents’ and community groups who are working together to develop the centre of Ealing in an appropriate, proportionate and sustainable fashion. The alliance came into being when Glenkerrin submitted its first Arcadia Planning application – with its 40 storey ‘Leaf’ residential tower block – in 2007. More at

Section 106 Agreement – (S106) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows a local planning authority (LPA) to enter into a legally binding agreement or planning obligation with a landowner in association with the granting of planning permission. These agreements are a way of delivering or addressing matters that are necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms. They are increasingly used to support the provision of services and infrastructure, such as highways, recreational facilities, education, health and affordable housing.

SPG – Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) may take a number of forms including guidelines, strategies and other addition guidance consistent with the policies within the UDP, as well as Regional and National Planning guidelines. SPGs do not a carry the same weight as UDP policies with regards to the application of Section 54A of the Town and County Planning Act 1990, but may be taken into account as a material consideration.

Tibbalds – no, not a cat. In May 2008, Ealing Council acknowledged a report on the development of the Ealing Metropolitan Centre (EMC) called ‘EMC: Spatial Development Framework’ . The Council commissioned the report, written by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, GVA Grimleys, JMP Consulting and Space Syntax. The report has no formal status in terms of planning guidelines and in fact the report writers assumed the existence of both the Arcadia and Dickens Yard Planning Applications but gave no critical analysis of the spatial implications of either application or alternative uses of the almost 9 acres.

UDP – Unitary Development Plan for Ealing adopted by Ealing Council in 2004.

WEN – West Ealing Neighbours is West Ealing’s first and only residents’ group which attempts to improve the quality of life for all those who live, work and visit West Ealing (i.e. the W13 postal district). WEN was founded in November 2005.

1 Comment »

  1. What a relief to have such a good glossary – worth reading just for the fun of it.

    Comment by Gillma — June 26, 2009 @ 11:31 am

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A local residents’ group – West Ealing Neighbours (WEN) - Also runs WEN Abundance. We pick unwanted fruit and turn it into juice, cordial, jam and chutney to sell in the local area. All profits are ploughed back into the project. Please email If you are interested in volunteering, or have a fruit tree to pick!







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