Sustainability – a definition

The term sustainable and sustainability are utilised repeatedly in this Plan. To be clear, our use of the term follows the Brundtland definition of sustainability which was defined in 1987 as ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. 

In Wales, sustainability has been further defined by the Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015) which places a duty on all public bodies to adhere to the Sustainable Development Principle. The process of improving the economic, social environmental and cultural well-being of Wales by taking action in accordance with the sustainable development principle. Therefore, any statement made in this plan which refers to an action, goal, outcome or objective as ‘sustainable’ must be read as requiring action which improves the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales now and for future generations.

Assessment of potential impact on National Sites Network

Lower tier plans or projects arising from the implementation of this Plan, which could have an effect on a European site, are legally required to undergo a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) as set out under the Habitats Regulations 2017 (as amended).  Any lower tier plans or projects where adverse effects on site integrity cannot be ruled out are not supported by this management plan.