Borsetshire Issues and Options

Cliftonville DPD - Preferred Options Report

Sustainability Appraisal

As part of the production of the Cliftonville DPD the Council is required to carry out a Sustainability Appraisal.

Under Section 39(2) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 Sustainability Appraisal is mandatory for new Development Plan Documents (DPDs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs).

When Preparing new Local Development Documents (DPDs and SPDs) Local Planning Authorities must also conduct an environmental assessment in accordance with the requirements of European Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (the Strategic Environmental Assessment or ‘SEA Directive') transposed by the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations of 2004 (the ‘SEA Regulations').

Government Guidance published in 2005 (Sustainability Appraisal of Regional Spatial Strategies and Local Development Documents) ensures that both Sustainability Appraisals (SAs) and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) could be satisfied by a single process. The guidance ensures SA meets the requirements of the SEA Directive whilst widening the Directive's approach to include economic and social issues as well as environmental.

The first stage of a Sustainability Appraisal (Stage A) involves deciding on the scope, establishing a baseline, setting the context and developing the sustainability objectives. At the end of this stage, an SA Scoping Report is produced for consideration by statutory consultees and stakeholders. Comments received from this process are addressed within the Scoping Report, and the framework (SA Objectives and Indicators) are then used to test the options for the DPD / SPD during Stage B.  The Stage B involves testing the DPD objectives against the SA objectives and developing the DPD options, evaluating effects and considering mitigation. A final Sustainability Report is then produced during Stage C (also known as an Environment Report under the SEA Directive).  A consultation process follows during which time responses are considered in respect of the SA process and its application to the DPD / SPD.  The relationship of these stages to the plan production is shown in the following figure. 

Sustainability Appraisal

The Cliftonville DPD's SA Scoping Report was consulted on from January 2008 for the statutory 5 weeks and the draft Sustainability Report was consulted on from February 2008. The final Sustainability Report detailing how the options were developed, refined and assessed is available alongside this document. Sustainability Appraisal has been instrumental in finalising the preferred options identified within this document.