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Sustainability Appraisal

The Sustainability Appraisal (SA) helps evaluate the effects the review will have on an area

About the SA

In preparing the Local Plan review, any plan documents will be subjected to a Sustainability Appraisal. This will also incorporate the requirements of the EU Directive 2001/42/EC on Strategic Environmental Assessments.

The Sustainability Appraisal will help identify and evaluate what effects the document(s)/proposed plans are likely to have on:

  • social, and
  • economic, and
  • environmental conditions of an area 

And the SA will help to ensure that the plan takes account of sustainable development objectives.  

SA scoping

The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report is the first step in the review process. And it will be followed by the sustainability appraisal of options as they develop.

The SA guides and informs the choices made as the Plan evolves, and so forms an integral part of the preparation.  

A final Sustainability Report has been prepared and can be found below alongside other relevant documents including the:

  • SA Report (2020), and
  • consultation comments/responses by the three Statutory bodies (Environment Agency, Historic England & Natural England) from August 2020

Local Plan review SA

This version of the Sustainability Appraisal (which incorporates strategic environmental assessment) supports the Local Plan review. It assesses policy and site options, resulting in a set taken forward as preferred options which form part of the plan. It also produces a set of policies and sites which are classed as reasonable alternatives. These are not taken forward and therefore do not form part of the draft plan.

Consultation (Feb 2019)

Cabinet Version (June 2021)