Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal (SA for short) is a mechanism for considering and communicating the likely effects of a draft plan, and alternatives, in terms of sustainability issues, with a view to avoiding and mitigating adverse effects and maximising the positives. The aim is to ensure that the plan contributes to the achievement of sustainable development.

SA must be undertaken in accordance with specific procedural requirements, as established by the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (‘SEA’) Regulations 2004. Two key procedural requirements of the SEA Regulations are that:

  1. When deciding on ‘the scope and level of detail of the information’ which must be included within the key output report - namely the report published for consultation alongside the draft plan - there is a consultation with certain nationally designated authorities, namely the Environment Agency, Historic England and Natural England; and
  2. A report (the ‘SA Report’) is published for consultation alongside the draft plan (i.e. the draft Local Plan Review) that ‘identifies, describes and evaluates’ the likely significant effects of implementing ‘the plan [i.e. the Local Plan Review], and reasonable alternatives’.

 

New Selby District Local Plan:

The SA of the Preferred Options Local Plan Document (January 2021)

This document is an Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report (SA Report) that accompanies the Preferred Options Local Plan, January 2021. The Draft Local Plan at this stage is a consultation document prepared by the Council and it represents a consultation on a preferred strategy and accompanying policies.

A crucial element of the Plan review process is to establish a suitable strategy for development growth and distribution. The draft Local Plan also puts forward a range of site allocations that support the strategy, and a series of policies to help guide development.

The Plan must undergo a Sustainability Appraisal incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment that considers the environmental, social and economic consequences of the plan (in light of reasonable alternatives).

This Interim SA Report assesses and presents findings in relation to the following elements:

  • Spatial Strategy Options.
  • Site assessments.
  • Draft policies (preferred approaches).

The Interim SA document is available to view here:

The Appendices to the SA document are available to view here:

We welcome your comments on the Interim SA Report please go to the Preferred Options Local Plan which is available to view on the Council's Consultation Portal. The consultation is open between 29 January and 12 March 2021.

 

Committee Draft SA of the Preferred Options Local Plan Document (January 2021)

The Council’s Executive considered a report and a draft Local Plan document at its meeting on 7 January 2021. Report E/20/29 asked the Executive for approval for public consultation to take place on the Preferred Options Local Plan. A copy of the draft document is attached to the Executive report. The Agenda and papers for the meeting can be seen here:  Preferred Options Local Plan Consultation Document

The following Non-Technical Summary of the SA is referred to in the Executive report and was produced to inform decision making.  It is not the SA Report. The full Interim SA Report is published alongside the consultation for the Preferred Options Local Plan (see above).

 

Updated SA Scoping Report (May 2020)

 The SA process is iterative. As such the SA Scoping Report has been updated in the light of comments received at the Issue and Options stage below.

The comments received and responses are included at Appendix A of the Interim SA Report (January 2021) (see above).

The Updated SA Scoping Report (May 2020) is available to view here:

 

The SA of the Issues and Options Local Plan Document (January 2020)

This SA scoping report presents a suggested scope for the SA so that the designated authorities can provide timely comment. This report was also published for consultation more widely between January and March 2020.

Scoping essentially involves identifying a ‘framework’ of sustainability issues and objectives that should be a focus of, and provide a methodological framework for, the appraisal of the emerging plan (and reasonable alternatives).

The SA scoping document is available to view here:

The comments received to the Scoping Report (January 2020) and responses are included at Appendix A of the Interim SA Report (January 2021) (see above).