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Sustainability appraisal

The minerals and waste joint plan will be informed by sustainability appraisal which will assess the environmental, social and economic effects of the plan at key stages.

Sustainability appraisal is a tool which enables the environmental, social and economic effects of the plan to be assessed. At key stages, the plan is considered against a number of sustainability objectives and the results of these assessments are then used in the further development of the plan.

Scoping report

The scoping report is the first part of the sustainability appraisal process. It identifies the environmental, social and economic conditions and issues in the plan area (the 'baseline') and it establishes the objectives or goals against which a plan is assessed.

A core feature of the scoping report is the 'sustainability appraisal framework'. This framework consists of a number of sustainability objectives, identified through consideration of sustainability issues relevant to the area. As part of the joint plan first consultation in May and June 2013 consultation took place on a draft scoping report. The comments received, as summarised in the consultation outcomes report, have been considered in finalising the scoping report which is available to view below.

Assessing the joint plan

The first 'appraisal stage' of the sustainability appraisal was to undertake an assessment of the vision, objectives and all of the options presented during the minerals and waste joint plan issues and options consultation. Sustainability appraisal plays an important role at this stage as its conclusions will help to inform selection of preferred options later on. After undertaking this work we undertook a consultation on the results of this work in early 2014. We are currently preparing a consultation outcomes report summarising the responses received and how these have been taken into account. This report will be published shortly alongside a finalised version of the sustainability appraisal.

You can view the sustainability appraisal documents that we consulted on during the issues and options consultation below. The full assessments of the vision and objectives and summaries of the options assessments are contained in volume 1 of the sustainability appraisal update report whilst full assessments of the options are contained in volume 2.

Other environmental assessment work on the joint plan

Assessment of the effects of the joint plan on wildlife sites of European importance is required by law. The habitats regulations assessment considers how significant any impacts are likely to be, and identifies whether they can be reduced to protect the sites. You can view the work undertaken to date on habitats regulations assessment to date by visiting the habitats regulation assessment page.

Government guidance recommends that sustainability appraisal should be supported by a strategic flood risk assessment (SFRA). This allows us to assess the vulnerability of potential minerals and waste sites to flood risk. Separate SFRAs have been carried out York and in the North York Moors, while North Yorkshire's strategic flood risk assessment work is nearing completion. For further information, visit:

Minerals and waste site identification and assessment methodology and scope

The minerals and waste joint plan is expected to identify broad areas and sites for minerals development and for the management of waste within the joint plan area. It will also be important to assess each of these areas and sites for their sustainability implications. For details you can visit the site and area assessment page.

This page was last updated on 15 July 2014