Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment

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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.