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The Localism Act also allows for community organisations to bring forward a 'community right to build order' which is a type of neighbourhood development order. This allows certain community organisations to bring forward smaller-scale development on a specific site, without the need for planning permission.


Community Right to Build Order


The design team’s initial response to the design brief. In terms of RIBA stages this is usually stages 1-2. This stage also enables the development of build cost estimates, and production of drawings for a planning application

Concept Design


The main or preferred contractor is the builder/building firm that is selected at the end of the procurement process to build your scheme. 



Detailed design refers to the phase when the concept design is developed and detailed, and coordinated between design disciplines.  This is usually RIBA Stages 3.

Detailed Design


Enabling works describes site preparation works that might take place prior to the work under the main construction contract.  Such works might include asbestos removal, demolition, site clearance, ground works and utilities installation.

Enabling Works


A project reaches practical completion when there are no outstanding defects (except for minor items or snagging) and the building can be put to its intended use, including safe occupation

Practical Completion


Procurement is the process of selecting a contractor, engaging with the supply chain, and understanding project risks in order to establish a contract. 




Royal Institute of British Architects.


The term seed-funding refers to the very early money raised by the community organisation. The money is often used to establish project governance and secure additional funding or investment. 



This is the legal agreement between the Local Authority and the developer that set out the planning obligations to mitigate the impact of the development on the area. A s106 agreement will includes obligations regarding the provision of playspace, the mix of affordable housing and use of local labour & apprenticeships etc...

Section 106 (s106)


This is the legal agreement allowing the developer to do works to the existing public highway. This agreement is required when a planning permission is granted which includes improvement or changes to the surrounding highway. 

Section 278 (s278)


Is the price, programme and methodology that the contractor provides as a bid to undertake the works.