Strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal

The Local Development Framework is required to contribute to the aims of sustainable development. The Government has set out four aims for sustainable development in its strategy:

  1. Social progress which recognises the needs of everyone
  2. Effective protection of the environment
  3. The prudent use of natural resources, and
  4. Maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment

Local Development Plan Documents will need to be subject of a Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA). These will appraise the social, environmental and economic effects of the strategies and policies from the outset and to will ensure that decisions are made in accordance with sustainable development. Click here to view the Core Strategy SA.