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Sustainability Appraisal, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment.


Throughout the process of preparing the Park Development Framework, we have been assessing the emerging ideas to identify potential environmental, social and economic effects of proposals and policies. This assessment integrates three separate but complementary processes:

Sustainability Appraisal

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, places a requirement on local planning authorities to undertake a Sustainability Appraisal of their Local Development Framework documents. While this requirement does not strictly apply to our Park Development Framework, we have elected to undertake a Sustainability Appraisal to ensure that we, together with our partners and stakeholders, are able to fully assess the effects of our proposals.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

European law (EU Directive 2001/42/EC) requires a Strategic Environmental Assessment to be undertaken to address potential environmental impacts of plans, policies and programmes at an early stage of decision making. We have included the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment within the Sustainability Appraisal, and have produced a combined report that addresses both requirements.

Habitats Regulation Assessment

Habitats Regulation Assessment is required by regulation 85 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c) (Amendment) Regulations (2007). This assessment focuses on identifying any potential impacts of the Park Development Framework on the integrity of European protected conservation sites in or near the Park.


The Authority produced both a Sustainability Report and Habitats Regulation Screening statement as part of the 2009 consultation draft Park Development Framework document. The final stage of the SA process is the production of a Sustainability Appraisal Post Adoption Statement. This was completed in January 2011 and accompanies the adopted Vision Strategic Aims and Principles and Thematic Proposals for the Park Development Framework. All these documents are listed below and are also available from the Download page


Sustainability Appraisal Report- November 2009 Size: [1729 Kb] File Type: [.pdf]
Post Adoption Statement Size: [1867 Kb] File Type: [.pdf]
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