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LDP sustainability appraisal/strategic environmental assessment

This assessment involves consideration of the social, economic and the environmental impact of the emerging LDP.

The purpose of the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is to promote sustainable development through the better integration of sustainability considerations into the preparation and adoption of plans. Economic, social and environmental objectives must all be considered. 

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) differs from a SA in that it focuses on the likely effects (positive or negative) of the LDP on the environment.  

The SA and SEA are undertaken throughout the preparation of the LDP, informing the plan from inception to adoption.  Any references to the SA should be taken to automatically also include the requirements of the SEA.  

There are three main stages to the SA process:

Stage 1 - The Scoping Report
PDF Document The Scoping Report (PDF, 22MB)Opens new window sets out the way that the SA will be carried out. It also identifies the issues that the County must address in the LDP.

This stage was completed in 2011/2012.

A preliminary SA of the Council's draft PDF Document Vision and Objectives (PDF, 545KB)Opens new window  was published in July 2012 as part of a wider consultation exercise.

Stage 2 - Assessment of the LDP Preferred Strategy

The SA of the Preferred Strategy tests whether the Vision, Objectives and Growth Options of the LDP are likely to deliver Sustainable Development and address the issues identified in the Scoping Report. It considers how the plan will impact on the environment and social and economic issues. It also takes into account likely effects on equalities, health and the Welsh Language.

The PDF Document SA Report (PDF, 1MB)Opens new window and PDF Document SA Non Technical Summary (PDF, 770KB)Opens new window were available for public consultation alongside the Preferred Strategy.  Comments received will help inform the Deposit Plan.

Comments made during the consultation period can be viewed via our dedicated consultation web page at new window.

The PDF Document SA Report (PDF, 798KB)Opens new window was revised following amendments to the Preferred Strategy as a result of consultation.

Stage 3 - Assessment of the Deposit LDP

The SA has been an integral part of the process of preparing the Deposit Plan.  A copy of the PDF Document SA Report (PDF, 6MB)Opens new window and PDF Document Appendices (PDF, 817KB)Opens new window (including Non-Technical summary) of the Deposit LDP is available to view.   A separate version of the Non-Technical Summary of the SA Report is available PDF Document here (PDF, 5MB)Opens new window.


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