The Bankside Neighbourhood Plan


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Sustainability Scoping Appraisal
Details of the Sustainability Scoping Report

Southwark Council are currently consulting on a sustainability appraisal (SA) scoping report. The scoping report identifies key sustainability issues in the Bankside, Borough and London Bridge opportunity area that should be addressed as part of any detailed planning guidance in the area and in the sustainability appraisal of that guidance.

The SA scoping report is available for comment between 31 October 2012 and 4 December 2012.

Please email your comments to or write to us at: Planning policy, Chief Executive's Department, FREEPOST SE1919/14, London, SE1P 5LX

Download the relevant documents here.

Why do we do sustainability appraisal?

When drawing up new planning documents the effects they will have on the environment and people's quality of life, both now and in the future are some of the most important things to consider.  To be sure that the plan does not cause environmental, social or economic problems there is a system of appraisal known as Sustainability Appraisal (SA).  This appraisal system is at the heart of the plan production process and is set out in European and British law.

How will the appraisal be done?

This is the first stage of appraisal and is known as the scoping stage.  The purpose of this stage is to propose and agree the way that the plan is to be drawn up including how it will be appraised in terms of sustainability and also to collect together the necessary information to produce the plan.