Sustainability appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitat Regulations Assessment

Sustaibility Appraisal will be carried out as integral part of the preparation and production of the Local Plan. The purpose of Sustainability Appraisal (SA) incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment is to assess the social, economic, and environmental effects of the Plan’s strategies and policies to ensure they reflect sustainable development objectives.

As specified within national guidance a single appraisal process for both SA and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) will be adopted, incorporating the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive (European Directive 2001/42/EC).

The Council also has a duty under the Habitat Regulations to consider the impact of the policies in the plan on the conservation objectives of any European sites designated for their importance to nature conservation (collectively known as the 'Natura 2000 network'). The Council have commissioned LEPUS Consulting to carry out an HRA screening assessment of the Issues and Options for the Review of the Local Plan.

In preparing the Local Plan, the council will consult the required consultation bodies on the SA Scoping and the HRA screening, undertake and publically consult on the HRA screening, SA Scoping, and an initial SA of the Issues and Options emerging from participation stage to help inform emerging policy, and publish a Sustainability Report at the Publication Stage of the DPD (or Participation Stage if an SPD) and make this available for consultation.

The HRA Screening, SA Scoping and SA of the Spatial Options will be presented here when available.

The doucments below relate to the existing Development Plan and are provided here for information: