Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

Sustainability Appraisal

All Development Plan Documents (DPDs) produced by Local Authorities as part of their Local Development Framework (LDF) must undergo a process of Sustainability Appraisal. The Core Strategy is the key DPD which sits at the centre of the LDF (the LDF can be thought of as a 'portfolio' of individual documents), and so is subject to SA.
 
The principles of 'sustainable development' are central to the planning system. A common definition of sustainable development is "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". In order to ensure that sustainable development is promoted in the Core Strategy, Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is used to appraise the social, economic and environmental effects of the Core Strategy.
 
The Sustainability Appraisal Report has been published for consultation alongside the 'Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)' in October 2010 to assist the public and statutory bodies in better understanding the sustainability effects of the plan and includes:
Section 2 -Describes the SA methodology, update to the policy context, and SA Framework used to appraise the emerging Core Strategy;
Section 3 - Introduces the Core Strategy including the contents of the I&O and draft Core Strategy Preferred Options that have undergone SA;
Section 4 - Summarises the findings of the SA of the I&O;
Section 5 - Summarises the findings of the SA of the Draft Core Strategy incorporating Preferred Options;
Section 6 - Indicates potential indicators that will be used to monitor the significant effects of the Core Strategy;
Section 7 - Sets out how comments can be submitted on the SA;
 
Appendix 1 - Identifies where the requirements of the SEA Directive have been met (where appropriate)
Appendix 2 - Includes the appraisal tables for the Core Strategy 'issues and options'
Appendix 3 - Includes the appraisal tables for the draft Core Strategy incorporating preferred options
Appendix 4 - Incorporates the various SA exercises carried out in appraising potential locations of Yeovil's urban extension
Appendix 5 - Maps showing potential growth options of the Market Towns
Appendix 6 - Includes the appraisal tables of potential growth options of the Market Towns.