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Copeland Local Plan 2021-2038 Evidence Base

The following evidence documents have been produced to support the policies and proposals within the Copeland Local Plan 2021-2038.

Statutory Requirements

  • Sustainability Appraisal Integrated Assessment Report - Incorporating Sustainability Appraisal and Health Impact Assessment.
  • Equalities Impact Assessment - An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) screening has been undertaken of the Copeland Local Plan consider the potential impacts of the Local Plan on the 9 protected characteristics identified in The Public Sector Equality Duty (2011). The protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership (only in the respect of the requirement of the general duty to have due regard to the need. to eliminate discrimination). The Council has also chosen to recognise rurality and socio-economic status as a protected characteristic.
  • The Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) - This document comprises a Screening Report and Appropriate Assessment and considers the impacts of Local Plan allocations and policies on the National Site Network (formerly Natura 2000 sites) and Ramsar sites.  This also includes a Marine Conservation Zone Assessment.


Economic Development and Viability


Built and Natural Environment