South Gloucestershire Local Plan 2020

Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal: Local Plan 2020 Phase 1 - Issues and Approaches Document (Nov 2020)

This consultation has now closed. The consultation ran from 27th November 2020 to 1st March 2021.

We have published a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) alongside the Local Plan Phase 1 document.

Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability appraisal is a systematic process that must be carried out during the preparation of local plans. Its role is to promote sustainable development by assessing the extent to which the emerging plan, when judged against reasonable alternatives, will help to achieve relevant environmental, economic and social objectives.

This process is an opportunity to consider ways by which the plan can contribute to improvements in environmental, social and economic conditions, as well as a means of identifying and mitigating any potential adverse effects that the plan might otherwise have. By doing so, it can help make sure that the proposals in the plan are appropriate given the reasonable alternatives.

Preparing a Sustainability Appraisal is a requirement under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, which incorporates the requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) under the SEA Directive and Regulations.

This Sustainability Appraisal Report has been prepared as part of the integrated Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the South Gloucestershire Local Plan 2020.

To learn more the SA process and review the document, please go to

To comment on the Sustainability Appraisal please fill out our online questionnaire.  

  • You will need to log in to your iNovem account, or register for a new account, to respond to the questionnaire.
  • You must click 'Finish' to submit your response. However, if you wish to amend or add to your response at a later date, then you can do so by clicking on the link in the response confirmation email that will be sent to you after you click Finish, or by clicking on the questionnaire link again.

If you cannot respond online and you wish to email or post your comments on the Phase 1 consultation then please download a paper copy of the questionnaire here: Local Plan 2020 Sustainability Appraisal Response Questionnaire (paper version)

Completed questionnaires should be returned:

  • By email: - Please put 'Sustainability Appraisal' in the subject line.
  • By post to:  South Gloucestershire Council, Department for Environment and Community Services, Planning Policy, PO Box 1954, Bristol BS37 0DD. Please title your letter 'Local Plan 2020 - Sustainability Appraisal Consultation Response'

The consultation ran from 27th November 2020 to 1st March 2021.

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