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Cabinet Decision: 5th March 2009
Title of Item/Report
Local Development Framework: Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
Record of the Decision
Members were provided with a report that sought agreement to consult with key stakeholders on the updated Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. The report was provided to members. It was explained that the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping report recorded the process of deciding on the scope and level of detail for the Sustainability Appraisal of emerging planning documents which would make up the Local Development Framework. This would be a tool to be used to appraise the emerging Local Development Framework proposals and policies using the ten Sustainability Appraisal objectives that reflected the key sustainability issues within the Borough.

RECOMMENDED to Council that:-

1. the contents of the report be noted.

2. the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report for consultation with key stakeholders be approved.
Reasons for the Decision
Under the 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, Sustainability Appraisals were now required for all Development Plan Documents and Supplementary Plan Documents. The purpose of sustainability appraisals was to ensure local planning authorities fulfil their obligations to the contribution of sustainable development in the preparation of their plans.

The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping report had been produced in accordance with the "Sustainability Appraisal of Regional Spatial Strategies and Local Development Frameworks" document which was published by the Government to satisfy the requirements of the European Directive EC/2001/42 for Strategic Environmental Assessments and Sustainability Appraisals through a single appraisal process that considers economic and social as well as environmental effects. Stage A5 of the process was to consult with key stakeholders to give them the opportunity to comment on the scope and level of detail
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
None
Details of any Dispensations
Not applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Not applicable
Attachment

Date of Publication: 10 March 2009


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