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Unitary authority

Unitary authorities combine the functions of county and district councils. This provides a one-tier, or where parish or town councils exist a two-tier, structure of local authority in England. The responsibilities of unitary authorities include registering births, marriages and deaths, waste collection and disposal, social services, and provision of social housing.

Unitary Development Plan

Plans prepared in London and other unitary areas which formed the single development plan for the local authorities which produced them. The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 replaced Unitary Development Plans with a new style Local Plan (sometimes known as a Local Development Framework).

Urban fringe

Predominantly open land on the edge of a settlement.

Urban regeneration

The re-use or redevelopment of decaying, run-down or underused parts of urban areas, with the intention of bringing them new life and economic vitality.