Jargon Buster Planning Law Category - S-U

Stop Notice

a notice normally served alongside an Enforcement Notice requiring immediate cessation of certain activities. Breach of this type of notice is a criminal offence.


a document formally requiring the named person(s) to attend at court to answer a criminal charge. Failure to attend court without good reason can result in a warrant for arrest being issued and/or cases being determined in the defendant’s absence

Tree Preservation Order

an Order made by the Local Planning Authority which protects individual trees or groups of trees from unauthorised works. Breach of a tree preservation order is a criminal offence.

Unilateral Undertaking

a formal undertaking given by an applicant to make financial contributions (should planning permission be granted) for various necessary items of infrastructure, such as schools, highways improvements or the like.