Sustainability Appraisal (policy documents and guidance)

Runnymede Borough Council is currently in the process of preparing a new Local Plan. Under section 19(5) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Local Plan must be subject to a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) throughout its production, ensuring that it is fully consistent with and helps to implement the principles of sustainable development. In addition, the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 requires that an Environmental Assessment be undertaken that meets the requirements of EU Directive 2001/42/EC.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (2014)

The Sustainability Report (SA) scoping report represents the first stage in the SA/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process.

The purpose of the SA Scoping Report is to:

  • Identify other relevant policies, plans and programmes, and sustainability objectives
  • Collect baseline information
  • Identify sustainability issues and problems
  • Develop the sustainability framework

A consultation was carried out for a five week period closing Wednesday 5 November 2014 for the following documents:

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (September 2014) [328.45KB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Appendix A Plans, Policies and Programmes (September 2014) [254.4KB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Appendix B Baseline Data (September 2014) [2.33MB]

The responses received to this consultation will be included in the next stage of this process.

Sustainability Appraisal Report (2016)

The SA Report represents the second stage in the SA/SEA process. The report sets out an assessment of the strategies and policy options considered in the Icon for pdf Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches [6.07MB] document. The results of the assessment will be used by the Council when drafting the next stages of the Local Plan. The SA Report can be viewed below:

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Report (July 2016) [371.62KB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Report Appendix 1 (July 2016) [440.97KB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Report Appendix 2 (July 2016) [982.5KB]

Sustainability Appraisal Report (2017)

The SA Report represents the second stage in the SA/SEA process. The report sets out an assessment of the strategies and policy options considered in the Icon for pdf Additional Sites and Options Consultation Document [9.2MB] document. The results of the assessment will be used by the Council when drafting the next stages of the Local Plan. The SA Report can be viewed below:

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Report (May 2017) [472.53KB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Report Appendix 1 (May 2017) [338.11KB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Report Appendix 2 (May 2017) [1.26MB]

Sustainability Appraisal Regulation 19 (2018)

The Local Plan for Runnymede is subject to an integrated sustainability appraisal (SA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in line with the requirements of Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 1633: The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (the SEA regulations). 

In English planning practice this combined assessment is referred to as a Sustainability Appraisal (SA). 

SEA regulations require the draft version of the plan to be assessed, and a statutory-environmental report (an SA report under English planning) produced and consulted on. 

This SA report should set out the results of the process, outline why alternatives were selected or rejected, report on the draft plan's assessment, and outline a monitoring programme for the plan's effects. The SA report can be viewed below:

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Non Technical Summary (January 2018) [285.38KB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Part 1 Introduction (January 2018) [204.0KB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Part 2 Baseline (January 2018) [3.91MB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Part 3A Alternatives (January 2018) [2.96MB]

Icon for pdf Sustainability Appraisal Part 3B Results (January 2018) [983.65KB]

Sustainability Appraisal Addendum Regulation 19 (May 2018)

The Sustainability Appraial (SA) addendum report can be viewed below:

Icon for pdf Runnymede Sustainability Appraisal Non Technical Summary (NTS) May 2018 [346.55KB]

Icon for pdf Runnymede Sustainability Appraisal Addendum (May 2018) [1.01MB]

Icon for pdf Runnymede Sustainability Appraisal Annex A [2.59MB]

Icon for pdf Runnymede Sustainability Appraisal Annex B [1.0MB]

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