A Sustainability Appraisal is a systematic process that must be carried out during the preparation of The Central Lancashire Local Plan. Its role is to promote sustainable development by assessing the extent to which the emerging plan, when judged against reasonable alternatives, will help to achieve relevant environmental, economic and social objectives.
This process is an opportunity to consider ways by which the plan can contribute to improvements in environmental, social and economic conditions, as well as a means of identifying and mitigating any potential adverse effects that the plan might otherwise have. By doing so, it can help make sure that the proposals in the plan are the most appropriate given the reasonable alternatives. It can be used to test the evidence underpinning the plan and help to demonstrate how the tests of soundness have been met. The appraisal will be applied as an iterative process informing the subsequent development of the Local Plan.
Section 19 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires any local planning authority (in our case, jointly done through the Central Lancashire partnership) to carry out a Sustainability Appraisal of each of the proposals in a Local Plan during its preparation.
Check our timetable for details as to when this page may be updated and for the relevant deadline for this stage of the Local Plan.