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Sustainability Appraisal

A Sustainability Appraisal evaluates the social, economic, and environmental impacts of strategies and policies in a Local Plan to assess to what extent they align with sustainable development objectives.

In accordance with European and national legislation, the Council is required to carry out a Sustainability Appraisal (which also incorporates Strategic Environmental Assessment) for the new Local Plan.

Sustainability Appraisal recommendations have informed each stage in the production of the new Local Plan:

  • Stage 1: to support the Issues and Options document 2017 – Scoping Report and an Interim Sustainability Appraisal;
  • Stage 2: to support the Draft Local Plan 2019 -a full Sustainability Appraisal;
  • Stage 3a: to support the Pre-Submission Local Plan 2021 – a full Sustainability Appraisal;
  • Stage 3b: to support the Submission version of the Plan a full Sustainability Appraisal incorporating minor modifications.

The Sustainability Appraisal has been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent Examination along with the Local Plan and other Submission Core Documents.

Previous versions of Sustainability Appraisal can viewed via the Core Documents list.

The Sustainability Appraisal for the Submission Local Plan can be viewed below.

View the Sustainability Appraisal