All local planning policies require a Sustainability Appraisal. A Sustainability Appraisal considers the likely significant environmental, social and economic effects of the policies and proposals contained with a plan.
The purpose of Sustainability Appraisal is to promote sustainable development through better integration of sustainability considerations in the preparation and adoption of plans. The Sustainability Appraisal process also includes the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment. Sustainability Appraisal incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment is an iterative process that takes place alongside the preparation of local planning policies. This is to ensure that the principles of sustainable development, and potential significant environmental effects arising from the plan/programme, are identified, assessed, mitigated and integrated into the plan making process, thus ensuring that the resulting policies and proposals produce sustainable development when implemented.
Habitat Regulation Assessment
The European Habitats Directive requires an assessment to be made of the possible effects of certain plans on the integrity of 'European Sites' before the plan is adopted. The overall process of determining whether a plan complies with the requirements of the Habitats Directive is referred to as 'Appropriate Assessment'.
There are no Ramsar, Special Protection Areas or Special Areas of Conservation (collectively known as 'European sites') sites within Telford & Wrekin Council's administrative boundary, however significant effects may be incurred even in cases where the area covered by the plan is some distance away. Thus it is important that Telford and Wrekin plans are still 'screened' to identify and mitigate any likely significant effects on nearby European Sites.
All planning policy documents will need to go through the Appropriate Assessment process.