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Sustainability Appraisal

The Guildford Local Plan is required by law to promote sustainable development through the balancing of social, environmental and economic considerations to achieve the best overall outcome. This is done through assessing these documents at each stage of their preparation to consider potential social, environmental and economic impacts. This process, and the resulting report is called Sustainability Appraisal (SA).

SA incorporates Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which is also required by law. SEA assesses potential significant environmental impacts of the plan being prepared, and where needed may recommend mitigation measures.

The sustainability appraisal (SA), incorporating the strategic environmental assessment (SEA), and a non-technical summary of the SA, can be viewed from the link below.  It should be read alongside the Draft Local Plan strategy and sites 2014.

The Initial Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is the second stage in the process of assessing and informing the new Local Plan throughout its preparation. View the icon Initial SA [2.55MB] .

It should be read alongside the Local Plan Issues and Options consultation paper, which can be viewed on the 

The SA "Scoping Report" is the first stage in this process. It sets the framework against which we will asses the plan as it is prepared. This takes into account the  icon comments that were made on the draft Scoping Report [328.58KB] between 11 December 2012 and 22 January 2013. We will update the Scoping Report when necessary to ensure it remains up to date.

This Scoping Report will help us to prepare our new Local Plan.

View the icon Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report July 2013 [1.5MB]  and the icon site assessment criteria [265.89KB] .

If you wish to view previous work on the SA, please see our .