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Environmental appraisals

Sustainability Appraisal (SA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), and Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)

Background

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 Plan to help fulfil the aim of sustainable development.

A Sustainability Appraisal 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.  There are also designated sites in neighbouring areas that need to be considered when planning for development in Medway.  The Local Plan therefore requires a Habitats Regulation Assessment to be carried out.

As part of the process of preparing a new Local Plan for Medway, the council has carried out an interim Sustainability Appraisal to consider the potential impacts of the emerging policies and allocations in the plan.  The documents can be found below:

Interim Sustainability Appraisal (pdf, 1,522KB) Appendix 1 Development Objectives of the Local Plan assessed against the Sustainability Appraisal Objectives (pdf, 254KB), Appendix 2 Sustainability Appraisal tables for Development Options and Policy Approaches (pdf, 2,231KB)

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (pdf, 3,063KB)

The council has published a Habitats Regulation Assessment screening report to consider how the proposals in the emerging Local Plan may impact upon the areas designated as Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation for their wildlife importance.  The report can be found below:

Habitats Regulations Assessment: Screening Report (pdf, 836KB)

 

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