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Sustainability Appraisal (SA), Strategic Environmental
Assessment (SEA), and Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)
Under the requirements of the Planning
Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the
National Planning Policy Framework 2012 the council as the
Local Planning Authority must carry out a Sustainability Appraisal
(SA) of its Local Development Framework (LDF) to help fulfil the
aim of sustainable development.
A Sustainability Appraisal (pdf
6,657KB) is required under the
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive and
it incorporates an assessment of the economic and social
impacts of development as well as environmental issues.
Under the Conservation
of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, the Local Planning
Authority must ascertain the potential impact of any plan that they
propose will have on the conservation and integrity of
internationally designated sites, Special Protection Areas (SPA)
and Special Areas for Conservation (SAC). The Medway Estuary and
Marshes and the Thames Estuary and Marshes are both designated
SPAs. There is a SAC in the Medway Valley near Upper Halling. The
LDF therefore requires a Habitats Regulation
Assessment (pdf 2,011KB) to be carried out.
These documents were produced following a process that evolved
alongside the preparation of the Core Strategy. This included
making the interim documents available for consultation at a number
of key stages. The final versions of the SA and HRA that
accompanied the draft Core Strategy that was submitted to the
Planning Inspectorate were informed by the outcomes of a
consultation process held in autumn 2011, alongside the publication
draft addendum to the SA/SEA report (pdf 415KB) has been
produced. This took account of new information that emerged during
the Examination of the Submission draft Core Strategy in 2012.
The council consulted on this addendum report from 21
January until 25 February 2013. A
final report (pdf 1.07MB) has now been
Printed copies of the document are also available to view
shortly at Medway
Council’s offices at Gun Wharf, Chatham, and in libraries throughout
For reference purposes, and to evidence the process followed in
the production of the HRA and SA, the earlier interim versions
are available to view below.
Following a further Core Strategy
hearing held in May 2013 the Council made clear that it would bring
together further information relating to the Addendum SA stage and
consider whether a further appraisal was justified taking account
of the most up to date information. This work has now been
completed and is available to view in the following documents:
Core Strategy Major Sites Assessment (pdf 10,281KB)
Medway Core Strategy Major Sites Assessment - Additional
Information (pdf 2,097KB)
Medway Core Strategy Major Sites Assessment - Addendum October
2013 (pdf 296KB)
At publication draft stage
to Interim Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating SEA) August
2011 (pdf 231 KB)
Report July 2011 (pdf 813KB).
At pre-publication draft stage
The Interim Sustainable Appraisal November 2010 (pdf
3,891KB). This provided an update of the details and an
analysis of the proposed policies. It then discussed how they would
contribute to the SA objectives set out in the framework. It
also began to detail how the monitoring system will
At issues and options stage
Medway Initial Sustainability Appraisal July 2009 (pdf 2,254KB)
looked at and considered the five areas being considered to
accommodate both mineral and waste provision, as well
as employment and housing growth.
Sustainability Appraisal scoping report 2008 for consultation
(pdf 1,302KB) was produced outlining the scope and timetable
for the SA of the Medway LDF. This document included an outline of
the sustainability issues affecting the Medway administrative
area, drawn from a review of relevant documents and baseline
information. Using these, the SA framework, consisting of
objectives and suggested indicators, was formed.
Consultation at this stage allowed stakeholders to verify that
all relevant plans had been reviewed, that baseline data was the
most up-to-date and to ensure that all issues had been identified,
helping to ensure that the SA will be comprehensive and robust
during later stages.
The representations received through the consultation period
were considered and where appropriate incorporated into
the Scoping report (Final
Version April 2009) (pdf 855KB).
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