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Cookie policy

How we use cookies on our website.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files which are sometimes placed on your computer when you visit a website. We use cookies to make it easier for you to use this website, mainly by saving your preferences or settings.

No personal information is recorded, so you cannot be identified. Cookie information is not stored permanently on our servers, and you may manage or remove them with the settings of your web browser. Read more about cookies and how to manage them at AboutCookies.org.

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How we use cookies

The cookies we use are listed below. Unless otherwise stated, they all expire when you close your web browser, or when you have been inactive for a long time - normally about 20 minutes.

Here's a list of the cookies we use, what they're called and what they do.

NameSession/PersistentFirst/Third PartyDescription
RotherFMNDataPersistentFirst PartyThis cookie is used to store a unique address (UPRN) so we can provide the user with local based data.
ASP.NET_SessionIdSessionFirst PartyGeneral purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Microsoft .NET based technologies. Usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.
cc_cookie_acceptPersistentFirst PartyThis cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies on this website.
CFIDSessionFirst PartyA sequential client identifier set by Adobe ColdFusion on our webserver. More details.
CFTOKENSessionFirst PartyA random-number client security token set by Adobe ColdFusion on our webserver. More details.
clientvarsPersistentFirst PartyUsed to maintain session information for the platforms other than Microsoft .NET that run our Website.
JSESSIONIDSessionFirst PartyThis cookie ensures the correct function of our secure application and payments systems.
modePersistentFirst PartyUsed to maintain session information for users who choose to view the site in different contrast modes.
nmstatPersistentThird PartyThis is set by our search provider to give us details on what you search for enabling us to improve the service we offer.
ReadSpeakerHLPersistentThird PartyTo provide a "read text aloud" service and allow users to control the highlighting/setting options (speed of the reader, words or sentences only etc.).... This cookie lasts four days before being erased automatically (permanent cookie based) and is controlled by ReadSpeaker.com (third-party cookie based).
ReadSpeakerHLiconPersistentThird PartyTo provide a "read text aloud" service and allow users to control the highlighting/setting options (speed of the reader, words or sentences only etc.).... This cookie lasts four days before being erased automatically (permanent cookie based) and is controlled by ReadSpeaker.com (third-party cookie based).
ReadSpeakerHLspeedPersistentThird PartyTo provide a "read text aloud" service and allow users to control the highlighting/setting options (speed of the reader, words or sentences only etc.).... This cookie lasts four days before being erased automatically (permanent cookie based) and is controlled by ReadSpeaker.com (third-party cookie based).
ReadSpeakerSettingsPersistentThird PartyTo provide a "read text aloud" service and allow users to control the highlighting/setting options (speed of the reader, words or sentences only etc.).... This cookie lasts four days before being erased automatically (permanent cookie based) and is controlled by ReadSpeaker.com (third-party cookie based).
TextOnlyXPersistentFirst Party 
__utmaPersistentFirst PartyThis is set by Google Analytics. We use this service to help us understand how many people are visiting the website and how they're using it, so that we can see where we can improve. Opt out of Google Analytics - Google Tools website.
__utmbPersistentFirst PartyThis is set by Google Analytics. We use this service to help us understand how many people are visiting the website and how they're using it, so that we can see where we can improve. Opt out of Google Analytics - Google Tools website.
__utmcSessionFirst PartyThis is set by Google Analytics. We use this service to help us understand how many people are visiting the website and how they're using it, so that we can see where we can improve. Opt out of Google Analytics - Google Tools website.
__utmvPersistentFirst PartyThis is set by Google Analytics. We use this service to help us understand how many people are visiting the website and how they're using it, so that we can see where we can improve. Opt out of Google Analytics - Google Tools website.
__utmzPersistentFirst PartyThis is set by Google Analytics. We use this service to help us understand how many people are visiting the website and how they're using it, so that we can see where we can improve. Opt out of Google Analytics - Google Tools website.
portalSessionFirst PartyUsed by our planning application search.
BXPersistentThird PartyUsed by Flickr to check if you are signed in to their site when viewing image slideshows on our site.
diPersistentThird PartyMaintenance cookie used by AddThis plugin that help manage expiration for other cookies.
dtPersistentThird PartyMaintenance cookie used by AddThis plugin that help manage expiration for other cookies.
pscPersistentThird PartyThis cookie is used for recording user sharing and social activity for AddThis plugin.
sscPersistentThird PartyThis cookie is used for recording user sharing and social activity for AddThis plugin.
sshPersistentThird PartyService share history, used for configuring your preferred services for AddThis.
sshsPersistentThird PartyService share history, used for configuring your preferred services for AddThis.
__atuvsPersistentThird PartyUsed by the AddThis service
__atuvcPersistentThird PartyMeasures how often we see an AddThis user
X-Mapping-hpadogcbSessionThird PartyMaps the pages you visit. Expires when you exit the web browser.
cludoSessionIdPersistentThird PartyA unique id identifying the current search-session across multiple requests.
cludoSessionStartPersistentThird PartyThe time at which the search-session was initialized.

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