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Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment

The Authority is required to produce two pieces of technical evidence to inform and appraise the local plan as it is being prepared - the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA).

The Sustainability Appraisal

The Sustainability Appraisal is a plan-making tool which assesses all policies in the Plan to see if they are the best means of delivering development which strikes the right balance between environmental, economic and social objectives. This appraises how well the draft plan meets environmental, social and economic objectives.

A Sustainability Apprasial Statement was produced when the Plan was adopted. This sets out the process and and links to the documents.

The Appraisal itself is a large and complex document so broken down into the following sections:

SA Addendum Report. This report was produced after submission of the draft plan and apparaised the effects of Main Modifications to the draft.

The remainder of the SA was submitted for examination along with the darft plan:

Main Report.

Non-Technical Summary

Appendices 1-4.  Summary of Requirements of SEA Directive, Review of Plans and Programmes, Consultation Responses to the Scoping Report and Preferred Options Draft Report.

Appendix 5- Sustainability Appraisals for Each Policy.

Appendices 6-8. – Cumulative Effects of Pre-Submission Policies,Recommended Mitigation Measures, Monitoring Framework.

The Habitats Regulation Assessment (March 2019).

The HRA is another legal requirement and is undertaken to make sure our policies do not have any harmful impacts on key protected wildlife habitats. The draft report, prepared by Fleming Ecology and DTA Ecology concluded that having screened the Local Plan for any potential effects on important sites for habitats and wildlife no significant effects will be generated should the Local Plan be adopted.

View the Habitats Regulation Assessment.