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Sustainability Appraisal / Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report Consultation - January 2008

Consultation now closed.


What is the Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report?

What is the Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report?

LDPs should help deliver sustainable development. This means that LDPs should help ensure that development meets the needs of today's communities and helps provide for a high quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations.

To ensure that this is the case, it is a legal requirement that the sustainability of the LDP is tested as the plan is written. This process is referred to as the Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment. When LDP drafts are published for consultation, a Sustainability Report must also be published alongside. Very broadly, a Sustainability Report will set out:

  • How sustainable the LDP is;
  • What alternative options/objectives/proposals have been considered when putting together the LDP;
  • Any changes that have been made to previous drafts of LDP objectives/options/proposals in order to make them more sustainable.

The Sustainability Report basically sets out the findings of the Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment of the LDP.

However, before any assessment can take place, the LPA has to set out how it intends to go about measuring sustainability. This is what is set out in the Scoping Report. This Scoping Report sets out benchmarks, referred to as Sustainability Objectives, which provide something to aim for. For example, to improve the current condition of the County's housing stock. It is against these Sustainability Objectives that the LDP will be tested.

What does this consultation mean?

Work on the LDP itself is in its infancy, and as yet no objectives, options, policies or land allocations exist. The purpose of Scoping Report consultation is therefore purely to gauge a response to the way in which the LPA propose to measure the sustainability of the LDP objectives, options and policies when they start to emerge. Opportunities to comment and suggest options for LDP policies and land allocations will come later in 2008 and therefore do not form part of this consultation.

Ceredigion's draft Delivery Agreement is available for inspection from the 7th January 2008 at:

  • The download provided below;
  • The Planning Department, Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron SA46 0PA during office hours; and
  • At the County's local libraries during usual opening times.

The Authority would welcome comment or observations from you regarding the Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report– a list of specific questions that you may consider addressing is also provided below.

Any such comments should be sent in writing to Llinos Quelch, DESH, Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa Aberaeron, SA46 0PA or by e-mail to ldp@ceredigion.gov.uk by no later than Midday on the 4th February 2008.