Sustainability Appraisal is an obligatory procedure, which is an integral part of producing the Local Development Framework. There are six stages to the Sustainability Appraisal. These are:
- STAGE A – Baseline Analysis
- STAGE B – Option Assessment
- STAGE C – Report Preparation
- STAGE D – Public Consultation
- STAGE E – Monitoring
By undertaking a Sustainability Appraisal, it is possible to review the range of policies and plans contained in the Local Development Framework (LDF) documents and to examine how they contribute to the aim of sustainable development. By reviewing every policy or document in this manner, it is possible to identify areas where policies may not contribute to sustainable development. By identifying these problems at an early stage, it is possible to change and amend policies or text to ensure that they are as sustainable as possible.
The Sustainability Appraisal was made available for public consultation on three occassions:
- The Sustainability Appraisal was initially presented with the Core Strategy First Preferred Options document for public consultation in May 2006. During this period comments were invited on both the Core Strategy and Sustainability Appraisal.
- The Sustainability Appraisal was then presented together with the Core Strategy Second Preferred Options document for public consultation for a period of 6 weeks (3rd March 08 - 14th April 08). During that period comments were invited on both the Core Strategy Second Preferred Options and Sustainability Appraisal documents.
- The Sustainability Appraisal was available for public comment from the 21st March until the 3rd May 2011, along with the Core Strategy Publication Draft.
The Core Strategy Adopted Version February 2012 was adopted by Full Council on the 23rd February 2012
The Sustainability Appraisal as adopted are available to view just click on the title document: