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Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Consultation

The consultation for the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report opened on 18th March and closed at 12 noon on Friday 24th April 2020. To view the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Consultation, please click on the consultation page button below. Please note this is NOT a consultation on the JLP but on the scope of related SA documents which are required by Regulations.

To view the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report please click the consultation please click below:

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Consultation



All Development Plan Documents are required to be subject to a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) throughout their preparation. The requirements to carry out SA and SEA are distinct, although it is possible to satisfy both using a single appraisal process (as advocated in the National Planning Practice Guidance).

SA is an assessment process designed to consider and report upon the significant sustainability issues and effects of emerging plans and policies, including their reasonable alternatives. SA iteratively informs the plan-making process by helping to refine the contents of such documents, so that they maximise the benefits of sustainable development and avoid, or at least minimise, the potential for adverse effects.

The purpose of an SA Scoping Report is to provide the context for and determine the scope of the SA of the JLP and to set out the assessment framework for undertaking the later stages of the SA. Although two previous Scoping Reports have been published for consultation, this new Scoping Report is being issued for consultation in order to provide an updated economic, environmental and social policy context and baseline information, and to set out a refined method of approach to the SA, drawing on the SA work carried out to date. The refined method of approach is intended to strengthen the robustness of the SA, and thereby the soundness of the JLP.

Legislation requires the Council to consult statutory consultees (Natural England, Historic England and Environment Agency) upon the proposed scope. In line with other scoping consultations undertaken by the Council, views are sought from other environmental bodies, governance agencies and member of the public.


Following this consultation, all responses will be considered and where relevant the Scoping Report will be amended accordingly. An updated version of the Scoping Report will then be placed on the website.