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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.

Issues and options consultation - sustainability appraisal update report

The issues and options consultation presents a draft vision and objectives for the plan alongside a number of potential approaches for taking forward planning policies for minerals and waste. Sustainability appraisal plays an important role at this stage as its conclusions will help to inform selection of preferred options later on. The vision, objectives and each option have been assessed against the sustainability appraisal objectives and a summary of the conclusions of the assessment is contained in the main issues and options document. 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.

As part of the issues and options consultation we are also asking for your views on the sustainability appraisal. The consultation closed on Friday 11 April 2014. The sustainability appraisal information is available to view below.

Issues and options consultation - habitats regulations assessment

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.

As part of the issues and options consultation a habitats regulations assessment screening report has been produced to mark the first stage in the process. If you would like to comment on this report, you can visit the habitats regulations assessment page.

Issues and options consultation - 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. pdf icon A minerals and waste joint plan site identification and assessment methodology and scope has been developed [961kb] following an initial technical consultation in order to identify sites and areas for their sustainability implications. We would like to invite comments on the methodology and scope. For details you can visit the site and area assessment page.

Strategic flood risk assessment

Government guidance recommends that sustainability appraisal should be supported by a strategic flood risk assessment. This allows us to assess the vulnerability of potential minerals and waste sites to flood risk. Separate SFRAs have been carried out for the three authorities involved in the joint plan. For further information, visit:

This page was last updated on 10 April 2014