Cllr Tim Davies, a Conservative member of Hart District Council, used a full Council meeting last week to demand that planning officers used plain English – including avoiding "peppering" with acronyms.
Cllr Davies then asked if any fellow councillor could tell him what CIRIA stood for. Or SUDS. Or BREEAM.
They could not. Cllr Davies added: “My point has been made – no-one actually knows the answer.”
Incidentally the answers are:
SUDS: Sustainable Drainage Systems;
BREEAM: Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
CIRIA: The Construction Industry Research and Information Association