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  • Appendix 9 Felixstowe, Trimley St Martin and Trimley St Mary Inset Map

    Sustainability Appraisal Report

    Proposed Submission Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan Development Plan Document April 2016

  • SA Report April 2016 Report prepared for the Publication of the Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan Proposed Submission

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    Contents 1. Non-Technical Summary ............................................................................................................. 4

    2. Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 23

    Purpose of Sustainability Appraisal .............................................................................................. 23

    Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan ......................................................................................... 23

    Strategic Environmental Assessment............................................................................................ 24

    Habitats Regulation Assessment ................................................................................................... 25

    3. Methodology ............................................................................................................................. 26

    Stage A: Setting the context and establishing the baseline, the SA Scoping Report .................... 26

    Stage B: Developing and refining alternatives and assessing effects ........................................... 28

    Stage C: Preparing the Sustainability Appraisal Report ................................................................ 28

    Stage D: Consulting and decision making ..................................................................................... 28

    Stage E: Monitoring implementation of the plan ......................................................................... 28

    4. The Appraisal Results .................................................................................................................... 30

    Setting the context and establishing the baseline ........................................................................ 30

    Developing and Refining Alternatives and Assessing Effects........................................................ 56

    1.Testing the Plan Objectives against the SA Objectives .............................................................. 56

    2. Appraising strategic alternatives .............................................................................................. 58

    3. Predicting the effects of the Plan, including alternatives ......................................................... 61

    4. Significant effects ...................................................................................................................... 73

    5. Evaluating the effects of the Plan, including alternatives......................................................... 74

    6. Mitigating adverse effects ........................................................................................................ 76

    7. Proposing Measures to monitor the environmental effects of implementing the Plan .......... 76

    Appendices

    Appendix 1: Consultation responses received on Interim SA report

    Appendix 2: SA ‘rules’ with schedule of amendments

    Appendix 3: Full SA proformas of all final Allocations and Policies

    Appendix 4: Full SA proformas of all Preferred Options Allocations and Policies

    Appendix 5: Full SA proformas of all Alternative Options considered

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    1. Non-Technical Summary

    What is Sustainability Appraisal

    1.1 Sustainability Appraisal is an assessment of the effects of a plan on certain environmental,

    economic and social objectives of sustainable development. The Sustainability Appraisal is

    also a process which ensures sustainable development objectives are considered when

    identifying the preferred policy options of a plan. It therefore helps justify that the proposed

    plan is the most appropriate/sustainable plan when considered against alternative options.

    1.2 This Sustainability Appraisal Report builds on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (Jan

    2015) for the Felixstowe Peninsula AAP and the Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies

    document.

    1.3 The Report appraises all reasonable site allocation options and identifies and evaluates the

    likely significant effects of the Proposed Submission version of the Site Allocations and Area

    Specific Policies Development Plan Document.

    Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan Development Plan Document

    1.4 The Core Strategy and Development Management Policies document (adopted July 2013)

    provides the strategic level vision and objectives to guide future growth and development

    across Suffolk Coastal up to 2027. The purpose of the Felixstowe Peninsula AAP is to

    translate the vision, spatial objectives and policies of the Core Strategy to the site, or area

    specific level.

    1.5 Policies within the Felixstowe Peninsula AAP include sites for new housing development;

    employment, retail and tourism designations; and environment (including landscape policy),

    coastal management and flooding policies.

    Housing Policy FPP1: New Housing Delivery 2015-2027 Policy FPP2: Physical Limits Boundaries Policy FPP3: Land at Sea Road, Felixstowe Policy FPP4: Land north of Walton High Street, Felixstowe Policy FPP5: Land north of Conway Close and Swallow Close , Felixstowe Policy FPP6: Land opposite Hand in Hand Public House, Trimley St Martin Policy FPP7: Land off Howlett Way, Trimley St Martin Policy FPP8: Land south of Thurmans Lane, Trimley St Mary

    Employment Policy FPP9: Port of Felixstowe Policy FPP10: Land at Bridge Road, Felixstowe Policy FPP11: Land at Carr Road/Langer Road, Felixstowe Policy FPP12: Land at Haven Exchange, Felixstowe

    Retail Policy FPP13: Felixstowe Town Centre Policy FPP14: Retail frontages Policy FPP15: Primary Shopping Area Policy FPP16: District Centres

    Tourism and Sea Front Policy FPP17: Felixstowe Ferry and Golf Course

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    Policy FPP18: Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club to Cobbolds Point Policy FPP19: Cobbolds Point to Spa Pavilion Policy FPP20: Spa Pavilion to Martello Park Policy FPP21: Martello Park to Landguard Policy FPP22: Visitor Management – European Sites Policy FPP23: Car Parking Policy FPP24: Holiday accommodation

    Environment Policy FPP25: Historic Parks and Gardens Policy FPP26: Special Landscape Areas Policy FPP27: Access to the countryside Policy FPP28: Areas to be protected from development

    Methodology

    1.6 The Sustainability Appraisal has been conducted in such a way that it meets the

    requirements of the EU Strategic Environment Assessment Directive and UK Government

    guidance on the preparation of Sustainability Appraisals.

    1.7 A Scoping Report was produced and consulted on in 2014 and subsequently amended and

    published in January 2015.

    1.8 The Scoping Report;

     details the existing baseline in respect of key sustainability issues,

     reviews other relevant programmes, plans and strategies that have an influence on

    sustainability,

     identifies key sustainability issues that need to be addressed, and

     sets out a Sustainability Appraisal Framework for assessing policy options and the

    overall effect of the plan.

    1.9 Appraisals of all site and policy options considered through the preparation of the AAP were

    conducted at key consultation stages. These appraisals have helped the Council choose the

    most sustainable site and policy options to take forward.

    1.10 Appraisals were conducted using the Sustainability Appraisal Framework. A “+” symbol

    against an objective means the site and/or policy will have a positive effect on the objective.

    A “-“ symbol indicates a negative effect. A “0” symbol indicates a neutral effect and a “?”

    symbol indicates an uncertain effect.

    1.11 This document revises the appraisals of all reasonable site and policy allocation options

    identified through the preparation of the document, to take into account changes made to

    the sites and policies in response to consultation. This document also cumulatively assesses

    the impact of all the final site and policy allocations in the document and identifies the

    significant effects of the plan against the sustainability objectives identified in the Scoping

    Report.

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