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Sustainability Appraisal


A Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment must be carried out at each stage of preparing a new local plan or reviewing an existing local plan. These two legal requirements have been met through one integrated process and a report prepared called the Sustainability Appraisal.

The purpose of the Sustainability Appraisal is to identify and report on the likely social, economic and environmental effects of the plan and the extent to which sustainable development is expected to be achieved through its implementation.

There are five main stages to preparing a Sustainability Appraisal, these are:

  1. Setting the context and objectives, establishing the baseline and deciding on the scope of the appraisal (Scoping report)
  2. Developing and refining options and assessing effects
  3. Preparing the sustainability appraisal report
  4. Consulting on the emerging local plan and the sustainability appraisal report
  5. Monitoring the significant effects of implementing the local plan

Local Plan review

2024 Draft Plan consultation

This 2023 Sustainability Appraisal (PDF, 15MB) has been published in accordance with Regulation 13 of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations for consultation with the prescribed statutory bodies and the public.

The consultation period runs from Monday 15 January to Friday 8 March 2024. Any comments should be received by 5pm on Friday 8 March 2024.

Please send any comments by email to: [email protected]

By post to: Spatial Planning, Equans, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HU.

2023 Scoping consultation

This Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (PDF, 9MB) was published for consultation with the prescribed statutory bodies.

The consultation with Natural England, Historic England, and the Environment Agency ran from Friday 6 February to Friday 17 March 2023.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek their views in relation to the scope and level of detail to be included in the Sustainability Appraisal of future stages of the local plan review.


Contact details

Spatial Planning, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01472 324272

Opening times: please call to make an appointment