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Sustainability Appraisal & HRA

'Sustainability' is about trying to ensure that the decisions we make today do not have too much negative impact on future generations. National planning policy promotes sustainable development.

As we go through the stages of preparing a new local plan, we are required by law to do a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) looking at how the different policy options at each stage affect sustainability, and how any negative effects can be minimised.

Linked with SA, there is a requirement to carry out a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), looking at the effects of policies and site allocations on specific nature conservation sites.


Sustainability Appraisal

Preferred Options SA

The SA report looks at the likely economic, environmental and social effects of the Local Plan Review Preferred Options.


Issues and Options SA

We prepared a sustainability appraisal of the Local Plan Review Issues and Options documents and consulted on this in spring 2017.


SA Scoping Report

The first stage of SA is to do a 'scoping report'. This uses available evidence to highlight the different 'sustainability issues' in the area, and the current state of play - or 'baseline' situation. The report goes on to consider how we might address the various issues ('objectives'), and how we can measure progress ('indicators').

We prepared the West Lancashire SA Scoping Report in autumn 2016, and received comments on it from the three required 'statutory consultees' as well as from Lancashire County Council Public Health.


Habitats Regulations Assessment

Preferred Options HRA

The 2018 HRA looks at the likely effects of the Local Plan Review Preferred Options policies and proposed site allocations on designated nature conservation sites within and close to West Lancashire. This report now includes an Appropriate Assessment of potential effects on designated sites of European Nature Conservation Importance.  It updates and replaces the HRA report endorsed by Cabinet on 11 September 2018.


Issues and Options HRA

In addition to the SA, we are also required to do a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) to try and make sure that we cause minimum harm to important wildlife habitats. As with the SA, the HRA will also be carried out at each stage of preparation of the Local Plan.