Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment

Page updated on: 11/09/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A further consultation period for submitting responses to the Deposit Revised LDP is now open. The Sustainability Appraisal (including Strategic Environmental Assessment) and Habitats Regulations Assessment Reports are also published for further consultation. 

This additional consultation is being undertaken due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic at the end of the initial consultation on the SA and HRA (which ended on Friday 27th March 2020).  In this respect, the Council recognises the impact that the lockdown period had on the consultation and the public’s ability to contribute and make effective representations before the deadline.

This further 3-week consultation period provides an opportunity to those affected due to the lockdown, to submit representations on the SA and HRA.  Comments should be submitted between the 11th September and by no later than 4:30pm on 2nd October 2020.

Those who have already submitted comments or representations during the initial consultation period should not re-submit their original representation(s). Please note we are not consulting again on the Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGs) for the Burry Inlet and Caeau Mynydd Mawr.

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Sustainability Appraisal / Strategic Environmental Assessment

The purpose of the Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment is to appraise the social, economic and environmental effects of the LDP. The SA will look at the strategy, policies and proposals in the LDP to ensure that the decisions made fit in with the principles of sustainable development.

Sustainability Appraisal will play an important part in showing that the LDP is sound. It is an integral element of every stage of the plan preparation, informing the LDP from inception to adoption. The Sustainability Appraisal must also include the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Regulations.

Habitats Regulations Assessment

Under the Habitats Regulations, the Council is required to assess whether the revised Local Development Plan (LDP) is likely to have a significant effect on the integrity of any European Site either directly or indirectly, alone, or in combination with other plans and projects. This is known as a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).

The HRA of the LDP must be undertaken in parallel with, but separately to the SA/SEA, and the findings of each process will inform each assessment. The HRA should be undertaken throughout the LDP preparation process.