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Appraisal of sustainability

Under Section 6 (6) of the Planning Act 2008 the Secretary of State must carry out an 'appraisal of sustainability' of policies set out in a draft National Policy Statement, or an amendment to it, before adoption. Such an appraisal is distinct from Strategic Environmental Assessment, but the appraisal will incorporate SEA where it applies. It is also distinct from Sustainability Appraisal, which is carried out for lower level development plans.

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