Evidence base

Sustainability appraisal

The Local Plan Part 2 is subject to a sustainability appraisal (SA). The purpose of the SA is to promote sustainable development and to ensure reasonable alternative approaches are considered in developing the plan.

The new Local Plan will include new planning policies (used in the determination of planning applications) and will allocate areas of land to address the development needs of the District for the period up to 2029.

As part of the preparation of the emerging Local Plan, an appraisal of the social, environmental and economic impact of the plan must be carried out. This appraisal is known as a Sustainability Appraisal (SA). The SA will also meet the requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Local Plan.

In order to identify the range and level of detail of the information to be included in the SA, a Scoping Report has been produced.

For a period of 10 weeks ending at noon on 10 November 2017, the Council are consulting with Historic England, Natural England, the Environment Agency and other relevant bodies on the content of the Scoping Report.

Whilst this is primarily a technical consultation with the statutory bodies listed above, other organisations and individuals may also submit representations.

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