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North Place and Portland Street Sustainability Appraisal

3. The SA Framework

3.1. Objectives, Criteria and Indicators

Objectives, criteria and indicators are not specifically required by the SEA Directive, but they are a recognised way in which environmental effects can be described, analysed and compared.
The SA Objectives and Criteria will be used to assess the relative environmental impacts of the different options for the north place development brief. The SA indicators may be used to measure the performance of future development in achieving the SA Objectives. The SA indicators will also indicate effectiveness of any changes in the development brief made as a result of the SA process.
The indicative indicators suggested in the scoping report stage were refined after consultation. As far as possible, these indicators have been selected on the basis of their measurability, compatibility with National Core Output Indicators, and their overlap with LDF SA indictors to ensure efficiency in monitoring.
Table 3.1 shows the proposed SA Objectives, Criteria and Indicators. These were derived from:
  • The sustainability objectives identified during the review of policies, plans and programmes, the baseline review, and the environmental issues and opportunities identified.
  •  The Economic Objectives underpinning the Urban Development Framework as presented in the Cheltenham Urban Design Framework Draft Baseline Report (July 2006).
  • The relevant parts of the SA Framework for Cheltenham Borough Council's LDF (these links have been explicitly signposted).
As part of the revised SA report these have been rationalised as there were some repetitions of data for instance. These then formed the basis of the update of the baseline.


Table 3.1: SA Objectives, Criteria and Indicators


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3.2. Internal compatibility of SA Objectives

Through an iterative process of consultation and discussion, the SA Objectives have been derived so as to provide a compatible SA Framework. Potential conflicts are normally found between the environmental and economic objectives; however, within this SA Framework the economic objectives focus on sustainable economic growth and reducing disparities in deprived areas and therefore are broadly in agreement with both the social and environmental objectives.
The SA Criteria which accompany the Objectives help to illustrate this correlation in most cases. Possible exceptions are:
Criteria B20, which if taken on its own could have potential conflicts with some of the environmental objectives, but when considered with its adjacent criteria, would not.
Criteria B11 and B12 (on townscape and cultural heritage respectively), may in some cases conflict with Criteria B8 (renewable energy use). To minimise this conflict, highly visible renewable energy generation facilities should not be used in any areas of designated historical or townscape importance. Energy efficiency measures should be prioritised. 

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