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Sequential and Exceptions Test Locations

The methodology recommended by the National Planning Policy Framework to ensure that new developments are sited in the most appropriate locations.

Shared Equity Housing

Shared equity is where more than one party has an interest in the value of the home, with the aim of reducing the cost of occupancy.

Shared Space

Is a design approach that aims to reduce the dominance of motor traffic by reducing or removing traffic signs, road markings and in some cases kerbs, resulting in 'level surfaces'.

Sheltered Housing

Purpose built or converted housing exclusively for sale to elderly people; self-contained accommodation with communal facilities and warden.

Significant Development

A development of a scale sufficient to trigger the requirement for a Transport Assessment in accordance with Roads in Hertfordshire: Highways Design Guide 3 Edition.  e.g. residential development in excess of 80 units.


Site of Special Scientific Interest

A site identified under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000) as an area of special interest by reason of any of its flora, fauna, geological or physiographical features (basically, plants, animals, and natural features relating to the Earth's structure).

Strategic Environmental Assessement (SEA)

Ensures that the plan is environmentally sustainable

Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Documents which add further detail to the policies in a Development Plan.

Supported Housing

As for 'Sheltered Housing', but designed for those with a physical or learning disability rather than just the elderly.

Sustainable Sustainable

Development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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