Information about the sustainability appraisal, strategic environmental assessment, what is the process, what a habitats regulation assessment is and has anything been prepared.
To ensure that policies and proposals in the East Riding Local Plan contribute to sustainable development, each document produced will be subject to a Sustainability Appraisal (SA).
This is because a key requirement of the Local Plan is that it contributes to the aims of Sustainable Development. The government defines Sustainable Development as:
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is necessary under the requirements of the EU Directive on SEA. The role of SEA is to assess the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment.
In England, the SEA can be carried out as part of a Sustainability Appraisal and this is usually the case for the Development Plan Documents prepared in the East Riding.
The SA/SEA process for Development Plan Documents (documents produced as part of the Local Plan) involves a number of stages which can be summarised as follows:
Setting out current information about the East Riding as it is today and developing 'sustainability objectives' which the Local Plan should work towards in order to achieve sustainable development
Identifying key issues affecting sustainable development in the East Riding
Testing the plans and policies in the Local Plan document under preparation against the sustainability objectives, in order to determine how they contribute to sustainable development
Using the results from 3) above, suggest and incorporate changes to the Local Plan document to ensure that it meets the sustainability objectives
Once the document has been adopted, its effect on sustainable development must be monitored
In the UK, the European Habitats Directive (Directive 92/42/EEC) requires an assessment where a plan or project under consideration is likely to have a significant effect on a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) or Special Protection Area (SPA).
The assessment should also consider sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar sites), potential SPAs and candidate SACs.
The stages of HRA are:
Stage 1 – Screening: To test whether a plan or project either alone or in combination with other plans and projects is likely to have a significant effect on an international site;
Stage 2 – Appropriate Assessment: To determine whether, in view of an international site’s conservation objectives, the plan (either alone or in combination with other projects and plans) would have an adverse effect (or risk of this) on the integrity of the site with respect to the site structure, function and conservation objectives. If adverse impacts are anticipated , potential mitigation measures to alleviate impacts should be proposed and assessed;
Stage 3 – Assessment of alternative solutions: Where a plan is assessed as having an adverse impact (or risk of this) on the integrity of an international site, there should be an examination of alternatives (e.g. alternative locations and designs of development); and
Stage 4 – Assessment where no alternative solutions remain and where adverse impacts remain: In exceptional circumstance (e.g. where there are imperative reasons of overriding public interest), compensatory measures to be put in place to offset negative impacts.
A number of sustainability appraisals have been prepared for the East Riding Local Plan. Please view the individual Development Plan Document (DPD) pages for details: Strategy Document, Allocations Document, Bridlington AAP, Joint Waste Plan, Joint Minerals Plan. An SA was also prepared for the Issues and Options (2005) paper and the Smaller Settlements DPD which are no longer being progressed.
Consultation on the East Riding Local Plan Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
Consultation is taking place on the East Riding Local Plan SA Scoping Report between Monday 11th December 2017 and Monday 5th February 2018. The consultation document includes:
The Council prepared its first Local Plan SA Scoping reports between 2006 and 2010. Separate reports were prepared for each Local Plan Document i.e. the Strategy Document, the Allocations Document and the Bridlington Town Centre Area Action Plan. The draft scoping report updates these documents and creates a single set of SA objectives for the whole East Riding Local Plan. Once published the new SA scoping report will be used to carry out SA of, and inform all future reviews of the East Riding Local Plan, except the joint minerals and waste plans.
The consultation document is available to download here:
East Riding Local Plan Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (2017)(pdf 4.6mb opens in new window)
View a hard copy at County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA
Purchase a copy by telephoning the council on 01482 391751.
To respond to the consultation, you can send an email, write to us or complete a response form and send it to:
Post: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Forward Planning, Room AS67, County Hall, Beverley. HU17 9BA
Our preferred method of contact is email.
Consultation Response Form (pdf 78kb opens in new window)