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Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is a systematic process, aimed at appraising the social, environmental and economic effects of plans, strategies and policies and ensuring that they accord with the objectives of sustainable development. SA is required by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and incorporates Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as required by the SEA Directive.

Sustainability Appraisal and the Sedgemoor Core Strategy Five Year Review/Local Plan

In order to meet the statutory objective of "contributing to the achievement of sustainable development" the review of the Core Strategy must be subject to "Sustainability Appraisal" (SA) incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

Sustainability Appraisal identifies and reports on the likely significant effects of the plan and the extent to which implementation of the plan will achieve the social, environmental and economic objectives by which sustainable development can be defined.

The process must be documented in a Sustainability Appraisal Report to be prepared and published alongside the proposed submission version of the Local Plan.

Sustainability Appraisal Addendum Report (August 2018)

This Sustainability Appraisal Addendum has been produced to accompany the consultation on the Inspector's Proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan. In accordance with the SEA Regulations the report has also been issued to the statutory consultation bodies, for comment.

This Sustainability Appraisal Addendum screens the Plan modifications to determine whether the suggested changes would result in a change to the Sustainability Appraisal score or commentary. Where the screening outcome suggests that there is likely to be a change to the score (either positive or negative) then the modified policy has been reappraised. The Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal Report (Jan 2017) has not been updated and this report does not repeat information provided in the Draft Final SA Report and should therefore be read alongside that earlier report.

A previous version of this Addendum report, in its draft form, was submitted to the Planning Inspector alongside the Proposed Submission Local Plan and the Council's suggested modifications (July 2017, SD13) in order to demonstrate to the Inspector that the effect of the modifications suggested by the Council had been considered against the sustainability objectives of the Council's Sustainability Appraisal Framework.

This final version of the SA Addendum updates the draft version and now appraises the main modifications proposed by the Inspector. It omits any other modifications previously suggested by the Council where the Inspector does not consider them necessary to ensure the soundness and legal compliance of the Local Plan. The Addendum will now be subject to six weeks public consultation. The changes, taking into account comments received during the consultation period, will then be incorporated in to the Final Sustainability Appraisal Report published alongside the adopted Local Plan.

This Addendum report also proposes corrections and technical drafting changes to the Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal. These corrections have arisen from comments received during the consultation on the Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal Report and where the author and Local Plan team have identified factual inaccuracies. Comments on the draft report were encouraged during the Regulation 19 consultation; a schedule of the comments received and the Council's response to those comments accompanies this report at Appendix 3.  

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Addendum report [3.28MB]


Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal (January 2017)

This report is being published alongside the Proposed Submission Draft Local Plan (as is required by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the SEA Directive) which has been published for consultation between 30th January 2017 and 17th March 2017 prior to submission to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. The Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal has appraised the sustainability of the Local Plan objectives, policies and allocations against a Sustainability Appraisal Framework in order to identify any likely significant environmental, economic and social effects (both positive and negative) from implementation of the Plan. The process influenced the selection of options and the results led to recommendations for changes to the Plan in order to avoid and mitigate these effects  (or to enhance any positive effects identified) and improve its performance against the sustainability objectives. The Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment) report and non-technical summary can be viewed and downloaded via the links below:

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal - non-technical summary [491.13KB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Report [5.09MB]

Initial Sustainability Appraisal: Supplementary report (June 2016)

This report supplements the Initial Sustainability Appraisal that was previously published alongside the 'Scope and Approach' consultation version of the Local Plan in October 2015 and supports the Additional Consultation report that is out for consultation between 27th June 2016 and 8th August 2016. The Council is consulting on the refined and additional options that have been considered since the last round of consultation. The consultation focused on Tier 1 refined options and a refined option for East Bridgwater. This report supplements the previously published Initial Sustainability Appraisal and makes public the findings of the additional Sustainability Appraisal work that has been carried out since the last round of consultation.  The Sustainability Appraisal main report will be published alongside the Draft Local Plan in the autumn.

Icon for pdf Initial Sustainability Appraisal - Supplementary Report [11.8MB]

Initial Sustainability Appraisal (October 2015)

At the current 'Pre-Publication' consultation stage of the Local Plan preparation a sustainability appraisal report is not a legal requirement. However an Initial Sustainability Appraisal report and relevant annexes will be published to document how the principles of sustainable development have been taken in to consideration during the preparation of the Local Plan to date. The consultation event began on 26th October 2015 and the report and its associated appendices are available to download here:

Icon for pdf Draft Initial Sustainability Appraisal report [1.0MB]

Icon for pdf Initial Sustainability Appendix A Options Appraisals [2.28MB]

Icon for pdf Initial Sustainability Appraisal report Appendix B Site Options Maps [886.97KB]

Icon for pdf Initial Sustainability Appraisal report Appendix C Rejected SHLAA sites [232.46KB]

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report and Appendices

A Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report was prepared in 2010 to support the preparation of the Core Strategy, it was decided that a comprehensive refresh of the previous Scoping Report was needed to support the Five Year Review due to the substantial changes to government advice, supporting evidence and local baseline characteristics. The draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (March 2015) was circulated to the three statutory environmental consultation bodies and twenty-six other outside bodies, the draft report was then amended to take in to account the consultation responses that were received. A copy of the final Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report 2015 and relevant appendices is available to download here:

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report April 2015 [1.2MB]

Icon for pdf Appendix 1 – Review of relevant plans, programmes, policies and strategies [917.6KB]

Icon for pdf Appendix 2 – Baseline information and trends [894.49KB]

Icon for pdf Appendix 3 – Supporting Maps [5.74MB]

Icon for pdf Appendix 4 – IMD 2010 ranks for Sedgemoor [177.14KB]

Icon for pdf Appendix 5 – Consultation Summary [767.87KB]

Icon for pdf Appendix 6 – Sustainability Appraisal matrix 2015 [252.46KB]

Icon for pdf Appendix 7 – Structure of the SA report [183.42KB]