Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal (SA) (including Strategic Environmental Assessment) assesses the significant environmental, social and economic effects of the Local Plan, the "reasonable" alternatives to the Plan's strategy, policies and proposals; and the reasons for discounting alternatives. Mitigation is proposed to avoid, minimise and compensate for negative effects and to maximise positive effects.

Sustainability Appraisal is also an integral part of the Council's site selection process for identifying new sites for housing, employment and minerals.

Sustainability Appraisal is undertaken at all stages of Local Plan production.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

Sets out the approach used to predict, appraise and monitor the effects of the Local Plan.  It also summarises the main issues and challenges facing the borough and includes a review of relevant plans and programmes that will inform preparation of the Local Plan. The original Scoping Report was published in July 2015 and updated in March 2016, it was updated again in August 2018 as per the document below.

SA Scoping Report
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Sustainability Appraisal of Doncaster's Issues and Options (July 2015)

Appraisal of 6 potential growth options for where to locate growth in the Borough consulted on in July 2015.

Sustainability Appraisal of Doncaster's Growth Options
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Sustainability Appraisal of Homes and Settlements Consultation (July 2015)

Appraisal was undertaken to re-assess the advantages and disadvantages of the potential growth options consulted on in July 2015 but concentrating on the 3 options considered as the more realistic.  The appraisal also assessed the Homes and Settlements paper.  This was accompanied by an updated Scoping Report.

Sustainability Appraisal of Doncasters Growth Options Report
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Sustainability Appraisal of Doncasters Growth Options Consultation Summaries
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Sustainability Appraisal of Draft Policies and Proposed Sites Consultation (June 2018)

Appraisal of Draft Polices, proposed sites for housing, for employment and for minerals has been undertaken.

An independent overall Appraisal Report has been produced by Wood PLC and is available below.

Interim SA Report - Report
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Interim SA Report - Volume 2 (part 1 - Appendices A-F)
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Interim SA Report - Volume 2 (part 2 - Appendices G-J)
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Interim SA Report - volume 3 (part 1 - Appendices K-L)
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Interim SA Report - volume 3 (part 2 - Appendix M)
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Interim SA Report - volume 3 (part 3 - Appendix N)
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Interim SA Report - volume 3 (part 4 - Appendices O-R)
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The Sustainability Appraisal process itself does not allocate sites, rather it is another part of the evidence to inform the overall site selection process as set out in the Site Selection Methodologies. The Scoping Report identified a framework for assessing the likely significant effects of the plan based on 14 sustainability objectives (several also containing a number of sub-objectives) and a number of guide questions for how the objective will be achieved. Many of the Sustainability Appraisal site test criteria are common for housing, employment and minerals; however some are specific to their respective land uses.

The criteria based on objective map based tests are shown on the SA interactive map.

The appraisal criteria which have been applied but are not map based have their own methodologies and assessment and are available to view below.

Highways Capacity – Housing and Employment site options have been assessed by Highways England for their impact on the strategic road network and can be viewed below which sets out all the correspondence and assessment findings.

Sites SA - Technical Appendix - Criteria 8Bi - Highways Capacity
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Primary & Secondary Education Capacity – Housing site options have been assessed by Doncaster Council's School Admissions Team to identify which school catchment each housing site option falls into followed by a conclusion of the capacity of that primary and secondary school pyramid. The conclusions of this assessment are available to view below. 

Sites SA - Technical Appendix - Criteria 8Biii 8Bvi - Primary Secondary Education Capacity
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Built Heritage Impact Assessment – Housing, employment and minerals options have been assessed by Doncaster Council’s Conservation Team in line with Historic England’s best practice guidance. The assessment ascertains the significance of any heritage assets affected by sites, and whether the harm can be mitigated. The Assessment is available to view below. 

Heritage Impact Assessment - Part 1
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Heritage Impact Assessment - Part 2
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Heritage Impact Assessment - Part 3
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Heritage Impact Assessment - Part 4
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Archaeology Scoping Report – ArcHeritage have been commissioned to undertake a scoping study of site options for housing, employment and minerals to identify major constraints, such as the presence of statutorily designated archaeological sites, significant non-designated archaeological sites and important historic landscapes. The Scoping Report is available to view below.   

Archaeology Scoping Study of Site Allocations for Doncaster Local Plan
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Appendix Part 1
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Appendix Part 2
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Appendix Part 3
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Appendix Part 4
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Appendix Part 5
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Appendix Part 6
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Appendix Part 7
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Appendix Part 8
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Appendix Part 9
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Appendix Part 10
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Addendum to Archaeology Scoping Study
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Last updated: 06 March 2019 15:14:28