Local Plan Issues and Options - Sustainability Appraisal

Closed 16 Mar 2020

Opened 13 Jan 2020

Results updated 20 Oct 2020

The consultation on the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Objectives and Alternatives Report for the Local Plan Issues and Options document ran from 13 January to 16 March 2020.

An analysis of responses received to the consultation are included as part of the Issues and Options Consultation Report.

Further information on the Local Plan Review 2040 and the current timetable can be found here.

The full responses made by individuals and organisations specifically to the SA consultation can be found below. We have noted that further comments on the SA have been included in general responses to the Issues and Options consultation and these can be viewed here.




We are now consulting on the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Objectives and Alternatives Report for the Local Plan Issues and Options document. The consultation will take place from Monday 13 January to Monday 16 March 2020.

SA is a systematic process that aims 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. The SA process is an opportunity to consider ways by which the Local Plan can contribute to improvements in environmental, social and economic conditions, as well as a means of identifying and mitigating any potential adverse effects that the plan might otherwise have.

Why your views matter

Section 19 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires local planning authorities to carry out a sustainability appraisal (SA) of their emerging Local Plan.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • carbon neutrality
  • renewable energy
  • recycling
  • settlement tiers
  • garden town
  • rural centre
  • distribution of housing
  • site selection
  • new homes
  • affordable housing
  • gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople
  • accessible housing
  • lifetime homes
  • self-build
  • economic growth
  • economic development
  • employment land
  • town centre vitality
  • retail
  • health
  • social interaction
  • lifestyle
  • leisure
  • natural environment
  • built environment
  • deprivation
  • somerset west and taunton council
  • aims and objectives
  • natural environment
  • built environment
  • public realm
  • protected areas
  • waterways
  • air quality
  • rural
  • coastal
  • urban
  • new development
  • community infrastructure levy (CIL)
  • telecommunications
  • water and sewerage
  • transport