Sustainability Appraisal (SA)

To ensure that planning documents contribute to delivering sustainable development, the planning policy system includes a process of sustainability appraisal for each Development Plan Document (DPD).  Sustainability Appraisal Reports explain how the objectives of sustainability have been taken into account in the preparation of these plans.  This process overlaps with the requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment of certain plans (which may include some Supplementary Planning Documents [SPDs]).


Scoping Reports

The first stage of sustainability appraisal is to consider the scope of the appraisal process.  It includes a review of other relevant plans, policies and programmes; baseline / background information; identification of sustainability issues and a series of sustainability objectives that will be considered when preparing DPDs.

The Council’s Cabinet approved a Scoping Report on 18 October 2017 which sought to cover the scope of most emerging DPDs and SPDs. This can be downloaded from this page.

A separate Scoping Report relating specifically to the emerging Gypsy and Traveller DPD has also been approved.  This can be viewed from the Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document  webpage.


The Sustainability Appraisal for the Test Valley Borough Revised Local Plan DPD

The Council adopted the Test Valley Borough Revised Local Plan DPD on the 27th January 2016.  The production of this plan was informed by the sustainability appraisal process.  Sustainability Appraisal reports were prepared at each formal consultation stage documenting the process that was undertaken, copies of the most recent reports are available from this page.

For further information or any queries please call 01264 368000 or email