Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is required for each of the individual components of the Minerals and Waste Development Framework.
When preparing planning documents, authorities must conduct an environmental assessment in accordance with the requirements of European Directive 2001/42/EC.
This must include 'assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment', the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA) or SEA Directive. SA effectively broadens the concept of SEA to encompass economic and social impacts.
The requirement to carry out SA and SEA are distinct. However it is possible to satisfy both through a single appraisal process. It should be noted that where reference is made to SA it should be taken to include the requirements of the SEA Directive.
The integration of sustainability considerations into the preparation and adoption of Plans is the key focus of the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) process.
SA Scoping Report
The purpose of the SA coping report is to determine consistency and compatibility between the SA framework objectives and the plan objectives.
The scoping report lays the foundations for the SA and focuses on the context of the Plan, being the MWDF. The scoping report also acts to assess the plan's context in a holistic manner in order to determine if the plan's objectives contribute towards sustainable development.
The scoping report is also the mechanism for developing a sound and robust SA framework and appraisal methodology. The scoping report forms the basis for the appraisal and the production of the SA environmental report.
Consultation on the SA scoping report was with the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) consultation bodies, Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM) and the East Midlands Regional Assembly (EMRA), as per government guidance and the SEA Directive.
SA Environmental Report
The purpose of the SA Environmental Report is to detail the comparison and appraisal of strategic options and the likely significant sustainability effects of implementation of the reasonable strategic options. This SA Environmental Report also acts to appraise the contribution of the plan and its policies towards sustainable development. In doing so the SA Environmental Report assessed all components of the plan including the objectives, principles and policies.
Core strategy, locations for minerals development and locations for waste development
An SA environmental report was prepared alongside the preferred options for the Core strategy, locations for minerals development and locations for waste development. Public consultation for both documents was undertaken simultaneously over the period Thursday 18 October to Thursday 13 December 2007:
Development and implementation principles supplementary planning document (adopted 2007)
The development and implementation principles (SPD) and the SA environmental report were produced alongside each other. Public consultation for both documents was undertaken simultaneously over the period July to August 2006:
Control and management of development DPD
The preferred approach for the Control and management of development DPD and the SA environmental report were produced alongside each other. Public consultation for both documents was undertaken simultaneously over the period September to November 2008.