The Council must carry out and consult on a sustainability appraisal (SA) of the new Local Plan, alongside its preparation. Sustainability appraisal is how we make sure that the policies and proposals of the Local Plan, taken individually and together, can deliver the most sustainable patterns and forms of development possible, taking account of social, economic and environmental considerations.
An updated Sustainability Appraisal Framework was approved by Cabinet on the 12th September 2017 (replacing the framework document approved in November 2016).
This Framework should ensure that at each key stage of the Local Plan preparation, the Sustainability Appraisal considers all relevant significant environmental, social and economic sustainability issues appropriately.
The Summer 2016 consultation document is still available to view ‘Darlington Local Plan 2016-2036 - Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report’ [pdf document]
The following comments were received during the consultation process and were considered during the development of the document.