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Does a Local Plan require a sustainability appraisal?

Every Local Plan must be informed and accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal. This allows the potential environmental, economic and social impacts of the proposals to be considered and taken into account. The Sustainability Appraisal has a key role in the plan making process and will help to demonstrate that the Local Plan has taken account of sustainability objectives and considered alternative strategies and options.

The Sustainability Appraisal should incorporate a Strategic Environmental Assessment which is a requirement of European law. A Sustainability Report and Sustainability Appraisal will normally be published alongside drafts of the Local Plan for public consultation and comment.

The Local Plan may also require a Habitats Regulation Assessment, as set out in the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended) if it is considered to have likely significant effects on European habitats or species located in the vicinity (including outside the Planning Authority's area).

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