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Sustainability Appraisals: From a Tick Box Exercise to an Effective Contribution to Plan Making

Friday, 14 March 2014
Offices of Pinsent Masons, 3 Colmore Circus, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 6BH, UK
£50 + VAT for RTPI members, £60 + VAT for non-members
£20 + VAT for full-time students & the unwaged
RTPI West Midlands

The purpose of planning is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development.  The National Planning Policy Framework states that sustainable development is the ‘golden thread that runs through plan making and decision making’.  How can this be demonstrated?  Sustainability Appraisal (SA) provides the transparent, systematic and iterative means to ensure that Local Plans are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

This seminar aims to draw on the latest innovative thinking on SAs to help Local Authorities and Built Environment professionals to use the SA process more effectively to inform plan development, avoid legal challenge and make better planning policy.  A wide range of experts in the field, from CLG, local authorities, a legal firm (No 5 Chambers) and planning consultants will share experiences, outline case studies, highlight legal issues and case law to demonstrate good practice and illustrate how SAs can deliver sound, sustainable and effective local plans.