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Glossary: S


  • SAC - Special Area of Conservation
  • SCPA - Special Countryside Policy Area
  • SEA - Strategic Environmental Exercise to assess environmental impact of plans and Assessment
  • SEL - Strategic Employment Location
  • SELB - Southern Education & Library Board
  • SPA - Special Protection Area
  • SRI - Strategic Road Improvements
  • SPG - Strategic Planning Guidelines
  • SLNCI - Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance
  • SRTP - Sub-Regional Transport Plan
  • SUDS - Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems


  • Self-sufficiency - Is a central tenet of EC legislation which requires all member states to apply this principle in their waste management practices at national level and, as far as is practicable, also at regional and sub-regional levels.
  • Service Level - Formalised agreement to provide certain services Agreement between Government Departments or sections.
  • Social Housing - Housing provided by registered Social Landlords for rent. Such housing is allocated by reference to an approved (DSD) Common Waiting List and allocation system.
  • Statutory Consultees - Statutory bodies consulted on planning matters by Planning Service.
  • Storm surge - The increase in sea level caused by the combined effects of low atmospheric pressure, wind and a high tide.
  • Surcharging - A flow of water in a culvert or pipe which is above the design flow.
  • Sustainable Development - During the past decade there have been a number of Government policy initiatives of fundamental importance to development plan preparation. The United Kingdom has embraced the principle of sustainable development based on stewardship of the environment and has widened the concept to embrace economic and social considerations. Development to satisfy the requirements of today’s society should not compromise the potential for future generations to satisfy theirs. Consequently, development plan policies and proposals will be subject to Strategic Environmental Appraisal. This means proposals for new development will be assessed against the availability of supporting infrastructure and the ability of the environment to support the proposal.
  • Sustainable DevelopmentTACS/ETACS - Total Access Communications System/Extended Total Access Communications System. The original frequency allocation from the Government in 1984 which was used by Vodafone and Cellnet to provide the first analogue cellular mobile telecommunications systems.
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