A Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is a systematic process that must be carried out during the preparation of a Local Plan. 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.
It should scrutinise the plan in terms of likely significant environmental effects before the plan makers decide on the final version of the plan or project.
Lepus can honestly say that it is one of the UK’s leading sustainability appraisal consultancies and has worked with local planning authorities across the country to provide practical and helpful support with all aspects of the sustainability appraisal process.
We work with client teams which sometimes include barristers, who appreciate our inputs and advice, especially on complex topics like identification, description and evaluation of reasonable alternatives.
Lepus has prepared all aspects of the SA process including scoping of assessment reasonable alternatives and support at Examination in Public.
• SA of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Local Plan
• SA of North East Derbyshire District Council Local Plan
• SA of the Black Country Joint Core Strategy