Sustainability appraisal

This page offers advice on the Council's sustainability objectives. 

The sustainability appraisal should highlight both the negative and positive impacts of the proposed development on each of these objectives. 

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Where a conflict between the objectives exists the appraisal should provide compromises to help mitigate any negative impacts.

  • Provide suitable employment opportunities for all.
  • Support a balanced local economy that meets the needs of the area
  • Provide a range of high quality, energy efficient housing of a type and cost appropriate to the community's needs
  • Reduce poverty and social exclusion and help everyone afford a comfortable standard of living
  • Protect and promote human health and well-being through healthy lifestyles (including walking and cycling) and health care provision
  • Promote safer and stronger communities through measures to reduce crime and the fear of crime and enhance community cohesion
  • Ensure accessible opportunities for all to engage in culture, leisure and recreational activity
  • Provide opportunities for all to participate fully in society including local democracy and decision making processes
  • Reduce the need to travel by car/air while providing good physical access for pedestrians/cyclists/public transport users to services, facilities and other people
  • Maximise access for all to the necessary education, skills and knowledge to play a full role in society
  • Create, enhance and maintain cleaner, greener and safer environments
  • Value the social and cultural diversity and the communities' local distinctiveness
  • Value, protect and, where appropriate, enhance the historic environment
    Create buildings and environments that complement our local distinctive landscape, and which work, look and wear well and are easily maintained
  • Minimise the consumption of, and reduce damage to, undeveloped land
  • Value, protect and enhance the amount and diversity of wildlife and habitats (including geodiversity)
  • Prepare for climate change, reduce vulnerability to flooding/sea level rise and keep water consumption within local carrying capacity limits
  • Minimise the generation of waste and pollution and the consumption of energy, minerals and other non-renewable resources and maximise reuse and renewable resources.