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Appendix E: Comprehensive Settlement Appraisals

Comprehensive Settlement Appraisals (CSAs) are defined as a process through which the community is consulted in and involved in a technical audit of the land use and related transport implications of community needs and aspirations for their town. They do not include the provision of services or other issues beyond the scope of a local plan. The form and procedure for CSAs is optional. It can be either an individual comprehensive exercise or a running form of community audit.

The CSAs approach is different from past forms of consultation. Its objective is to enable different organisations and interests to engage in dialogue and thus come to a better understanding of each others needs, problems, resources and aspirations, so that there is a shared vision of what the local plan should achieve. The aim is to involve community groups at an earlier stage of the plan making process than in the past.