Environmental Appraisals (SA, SEA & HRA)

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Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is a requirement for Local Development Plans under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The goal of the Sustainability Appraisal is to ensure the Plan contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development. The Sustainability Appraisal of the Local Development Plan incorporates a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in accordance with European Union Directive 2001/42/EC.

The Final Sustainability Appraisal Report accompanies the adopted Local Development Plan.

The appendices to the Sustainability Appraisal are unchanged since submission:

The Local Development Plan has also been subject to a Habitat Regulations Assessment.

A Final Appropriate Assessment Report accompanies the adopted Local Development Plan.

The Habitats Regulations Screening Report and its appendices, and the appendices to the Appropriate Assessment Report can be found below.

Habitat Regulations Assessment for Submission

It has been necessary to carry out a Habitats Regulations Assesssment (HRA) of the Local Development Plan to ensure the Plan has no adverse impact on any Natura 2000 site and to meet the requirements of the European Directives 92/43/EEC (the ‘Habitats Directive’) and 79/409/EEC (the ‘Birds Directive’).

Natura 2000 sites are a network of sites to protect habitats and species of European importance designated as either Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) or Special Protection Areas (SPAs). More information on Natura 2000 sites can be found on the website of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

The Habitats Regulations Assessment has been carried out in two stages: an initial screening stage to determine if there are any ‘likely significant effects’ of the Plan on any Natura 2000 site; and a subsequent ‘Appropriate Assessment’ stage to determine if any likely significant effect will amount to an adverse impact on the integrity of any Natura 2000 site. Links to the reports and appendices for the two stages can be found below.

Appropriate Assessment  (revised following representations from the Countryside Council for Wales on the Deposit Local Development Plan)

Local Development Plan Appropriate Assessment Report

Screening

Local Development Plan Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Report