Appropriate Assessment.
    A requirement of the European Habitats Directive. Its purpose is to assess the impacts of the plans and projects on internationally designated nature conservation sites.

    Area Cost Adjustment.
    Additional Government funding given to local authorities in the South East region, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and London to reflect the higher costs of service delivery in these areas.

    Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    A precious landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. There are 11 AoNB sites in the South East.

    Confederation of British Industry.
    It represents public and private sector companies and trade, employer, and commercial organisations.

    Communities and Local Government.
    Government department that promotes community cohesion and equality and is responsible for housing, urban regeneration, planning and local government. Formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).

    Comprehensive Spending Review.
    Government’s main tool for deciding how much money will go into schools, hospitals and other public services.

    Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
    Formerly known as MAFF, DEFRA is responsible for agriculture, the environment, wildlife, the countryside and sustainable development.

    Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
    It has policy responsibility for museums, galleries and libraries, the built heritage, the arts, sport, education, broadcasting and the media and tourism, as well as the creative industries, the Millennium and the National Lottery.

    Development Plan Documents.
    Contain the statutory policies and proposals that guide development in districts and boroughs.

    Federation of Small Businesses.
    The largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

    Greater London Authority.
    Its role is to provide strategic citywide government for London. The GLA is made up of a directly elected Mayor – the Mayor of London – and a separately elected Assembly – the London Assembly.

    Government Office for the South East.
    Operated 1994-2011, bringing together the activities previously carried out on a regional basis by the separate Departments responsible for Education, Employment, Transport, Local Government, Trade and Industry.

    Includes transport, affordable housing, education, health, utilities, broadband etc required for sustainable development

    Regional Action & Involvement South East.
    A network of networks for voluntary and community groups in the South East, enabling them to become key partners in policy making.

    Regional Development Agency.
    There were previously eight regional development agencies in England. They were established by Government through the Regional Development Agency Act and operated 1998-2012, responsible for promoting sustainable economic development in each of the regions.

    Regional Economic Strategy.
    This was published in October 1999 following consultation with 20,000 organisations and individuals across the region, including the Regional Assembly.

    Regional Housing Board.
    A former partnership board chaired by the Regional Assembly. It focused on the need for more affordable homes and to bring decent housing within reach of people on lower incomes.

    Regional Planning Body.
    Former structure previously responsible for reviewing the Regional Spatial Strategy’ (RSS) and preparing draft revisions in partnership with local and regional stakeholders. (The Regional Assembly was formerly the RPB for this region and the South East Plan was the RSS.)

    Regional Planning Committee.
    Former structure to advise the Regional Assembly on matters relating to the Assembly’s role as Regional Planning Body for the South East.

    Regional Transport Board.
    A former partnership board chaired by the Regional Assembly. It advises Government on transport investment priorities for the region, especially reducing congestion and increasing the take up of public transport.

    Sustainablity Appraisal.
    Mandatory under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, promotes sustainable development through the integration of social, environmental and economic considerations into the preparation of revisions of RSS and for new or revised Development Plan Documents (DPD) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD).

    South East England Development Agency.
    The former Regional Development Agency for the South East. It was established by the Government through the Regional Development Agency Act and operated 1998-2012, taking the strategic lead in promoting the sustainable economic development of the region.

    SERPLAN South East Regional Planning Body.
    Prior to April 2001, SERPLAN was responsible for Planning Guidance in London and the wider South East, including Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Essex. With the advent of the Greater London Authority and the Regional Assemblies, SERPLAN passed over responsibilities to the new representative bodies.

    Sub-National Review of Economic Development and Regeneration.
    A Government policy review to consider how to strengthen economic performance in regions, cities and localities throughout the country.

    Supplementary Planning Documents.
    Used to provide further detail to policies and proposals contained in a Development Plan Document.

    Sustainable Development
    Is about ensuring a better quality of life for everyone both now and in the future. It means a more inclusive society which achieves and shares he benefits of increased economic prosperity, in which the environment is protected and improved and there is less wasteful use of natural resources.