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What is Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal is a process that aims to ensure that plans achieve sustainable development. It does this by assessing how the plan's policies will impact on social, environmental and economic considerations and by recommending the most sustainable options available. Where a policy is likely to result in a negative social, environmental or economic effect, the appraisal process will recommend ways of lessening the effect or offsetting it.

As is common practice in England, the Sustainability Appraisal process used for the Joint Core Strategy has been designed to incorporate the requirements of the European Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive.

A Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report was produced and consulted on in October 2008. The Scoping Report set out a framework of Sustainability Objectives that would be used to assess the Joint Core Strategy. This has now been revised to take account of consultation responses received and agreed with the statutory consultees for the Sustainability Appraisal process: the Environment Agency, English Heritage and Natural England. The revised Sustainability Appraisal Framework will now be used to appraise emerging policy options for the Joint Core Strategy.

The original Scoping Report, a Schedule of Consultation Comments and the revised Sustainability Appraisal Framework are all available to download below. 

To inform the 'Developing the Preferred Option' Joint Core Strategy, Officers undertook Sustainability Appraisal.  Land Use Consultants were commissioned to undertake the Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening.  All documentation can be downloaded below.

Draft Joint Core Strategy

To inform the Draft Joint Core Strategy, the JCS authorities commisioned Enfusion to provide Sustainability Appraisal, Equalities and Diversity Impact assessment and Habitats Regulations assessment. All documentation can be downloaded below.

Sustainability appraisal, equalities and diversity impact assessment

Habitats regulations assessment

Pre submission draft Joint Core Strategy

Pre Submission Draft Joint Core Strategy May 2014 - Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations assessment report.

Sustainability Appraisal

Habitats regulations assessment

Submission draft Joint Core Strategy

Main modifications draft Joint Core Strategy

Main Modifications draft Joint Core Strategy Consultation Version October 2016 - Sustainability Appraisal Addendum Report.