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Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal

A Sustainability Appraisal considers the potential social, economic and environmental effects of the draft proposals, and reasonable alternatives. To do this it draws upon information contained in the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment in a holistic manner. This ensures that decision-making is informed by relevant environmental and socioeconomic information. It enables the public to consider this information and use it to inform their views on the draft proposals.

Following this scoping consultation the next step for this project will be to undertake the Sustainability Appraisal. This process will take account of views received through this consultation.

Socio-Economic Impact Assessment

A key source of information for the Sustainability Appraisal is the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment. This aims to identify and assess the potential economic and social effects of a proposed development or policy on the lives and circumstances of people, their families and their communities. The proposed methodology for this assessment is shown in Annex B, along with the data sources being used.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”) requires that certain public plans, programmes and strategies be assessed for their potential effects on the environment. This assessment is used to determine any positive and negative effects on the environment as a consequence of the proposed development or policy.

The 2005 Act defines a multi-step process to deliver this assessment. The first step is Screening which determines whether a SEA is required. The second step is Scoping which determines the scope of what should be considered in the SEA. In the case of this project these steps have been combined into a Screening and Scoping Report. The 2005 Act requires that you consult certain public bodies at this stage. However for this project we have decided to seek wider public views at this stage. The Screening and Scoping is attached separately on the Citizen Space page and a key part of this consultation is to seek your views on this as outlined in the questions below.

Following completion of the Screening and Scoping stage the Environmental Report will be produced. This is based on the scope that has been determined at the previous stage.  The Environmental Report for this process will be subject of a further consultation. The Environmental Report is a key part of the process and the evidence within it is fundamental to the Sustainability Appraisal.

The final stage is the Post Adoption Statement. This outlines how the assessment findings and the comments received at the main consultation, both on the proposed measures and the Environmental Report, have been taken into account. The statement is designed to improve the transparency of the decision making process within plans. There is no specific timescale for preparing a Post Adoption Statement.

The 2005 Act states should be published ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’ after the adoption of a qualifying plan.

1. Do you have any comments on the economic assessment methodology?

2. Do you have any comments on the Screening / Scoping Report for the Strategic Environmental Assessment?