Draft final sustainability appraisal report and habitat regulations assessment screening report

On 28 March 2014, the Local Plan and its supporting documents were submitted for independent examination to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government via the Planning Inspectorate. The supporting documents include the Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Report.

Information on what happens next is set out on the Local Plan webpage.  

What are the Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report?

Sustainability Appraisal is an integral part of the plan making process and the overall aim of this process is to help ensure that the Local Plan makes an effective contribution to the pursuit of 'sustainable development'.

Previous consultations have considered the scope of the appraisal, and initial sustainably appraisals accompanied the issues and options consultations.

The Local Plan is now accompanied by a draft Final Sustainability Report. It consists of three parts:

  • Part 1: Introduction - sets out the context for the sustainability appraisal, provides an outline of the contents and main objectives of the Local Plan and identifies where the requirements of the regulations have been met.

  • Part 2: Scoping Report - sets out the scope of the sustainability appraisal, the baseline data, the sustainability objectives and targets of other relevant documents, the key sustainability issues and the assessment framework used to assess the Local Plan.

  • Part 3: Results of the Sustainability Appraisal and Proposed Monitoring Strategy - this sets out the assessment methodology, the findings of the sustainability appraisal and reasonable alternatives, it identifies the significant environmental effects of the Local Plan and proposes a strategy for monitoring significant effects.

It also includes an audit trail (see Annex A) setting out the alternative options considered for each of the policies and site allocations included in the Local Plan and the reasons for the chosen approach.

A Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report has also been prepared, to consider whether there would be any impact on important European nature conservation sites.

Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal (March 2014)

The draft Final Sustainability Appraisal Report was subject to public consultation in July – October 2013 alongside the Proposed Submission Local Plan, this version can be viewed using the online consultation system

The draft Final Sustainability Appraisal Report has been updated following the public consultation, and the complete report is available to download:

Non Technical Summary

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Scoping Report

Part 3: Results of the Sustainability Appraisal and Proposed Monitoring Strategy

Annex A: Audit Trail

Sets out the alternative options considered for each of the policies and site allocations included in the Local Plan and the reasons for the chosen approach.

Annex A Cover, Contents & Introduction

Annex A: Audit Tables

Annex A Appendix 1: Evidence Paper on Village Frameworks

Annex A Appendix 2: Responding to Representations on Site Options

Annex A Appendix 3: Responding to Representations on Rejected Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Sites

Annex A Appendix 4: Site Options on the Edge of Cambridge - Summary of Representations and Response to Key Issues 

Annex A Appendix 5: Evidence Paper for Local Green Spaces (LGS) and Protected Village Amenity Areas (PVAA)

Annex A Appendix 6: Evidence Paper for Important Countryside Frontages (ICF)

Annex A Appendix 7: Site Assessments of Employment and Retail Sites

Annex A Appendix 8: Responding to Proposed Submission Representations on Sites Not Included in the Plan

Annex B: Site Assessment Matrices

Complete Sites List

Housing and Mixed Use Developments: SHLAA Sites 1-50 | SHLAA Sites 51-100 | SHLAA Sites 101-150 | SHLAA Sites 151-200 | SHLAA Sites 201-250 | SHLAA Sites 251-293 | SHLAA Sites 303-331 | SHLAA Sites 334-339 | Re-Assessments of Sites to take account of Revised Site Boundaries and Proposals, Green Belt Site Assumptions for Site Packages Review, and LDF Policies Carried Forward

Open Space and Recreation Sites, Football Stadium at Sawston, Green Separation, Employment and Retail Sites, Residential Moorings, and Parish Council Proposals

Cambridge Sub Regional Facilities Review

Site Assessments for Edge of Cambridge Sites:

Summary Assessments of Sites for Housing, Mixed Use Development, Employment and Retail

Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Report (March 2014)

The Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Report was subject to public consultation in July – October 2013 alongside the Proposed Submission Local Plan, this version can be viewed using the online consultation system.

The Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Report has been updated following the public consultation, and is available to download: Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Report

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