Sustainability Appraisal incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment
Sustainability Appraisal is a requirement for Local Development Plans under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The goal of the Sustainability Appraisal is to ensure the Plan contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development. The Sustainability Appraisal of the Local Development Plan incorporates a Strategic Environmental Assessment in accordance with European Union Directive 2001/42/EC.
The first stage of the Sustainability Appraisal of the Local Development Plan is the Scoping stage which sets the scope of the subsequent environmental report in terms of the context and baseline information. The Scoping report also sets out the key sustainability issues being considered in the assessment and the criterion for the assessment itself.
Preferred Strategy - This stage is closed for comment
The initial Sustainability Appraisal report considered the impacts of the proposals set out in the Replacement Local Development Plan Preferred Strategy on the Sustainability Appraisal Objectives, which were identified in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Replacement Local Development Plan Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report.
A non-technical summary was also provided to help facilitate engagement.
The Deposit Plan - This stage is closed for comment
The Deposit Sustainability Appraisal report represents an update to the Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report, incorporating changes arising from the consultation on that report, as well as assessing any new policies and options arising from consultation on the Replacement Preferred Strategy. In addition, the Deposit Sustainability Appraisal includes the assessment of the potential housing allocations in the Deposit Replacement Local Development Plan.
Habitat Regulations Assessment
Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Local Development Plan is required to ensure the Plan has no adverse impact on any Natura 2000 site and to meet the requirements of the European Directives 92/43/EEC (the 'Habitats Directive') and 79/409/EEC (the 'Birds Directive').
Natura 2000 sites are a network of sites to protect habitats and species of European importance designated as either Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) or Special Protection Areas (SPAs). More information on Natura 2000 sites can be found on the website of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
Equalities Impact Assessment
The Public Equality Duty requires the Authority to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different communities. This means that, in the formative stages of our policies, procedure, practice or guidelines, the Authority needs to take into account what impact its decisions will have on people who are protected under the Equality Act 2010 (people who share a protected characteristic of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, and religion or belief).
The Replacement Local Development Plan will be subject to an Equality Impact Assessment in line with the Equality Act 2010, there are two stages to an Equality Impact Assessment:
Habitats Regulations Assessment: In April 2018, prior to publication of the Deposit Local Development Plan, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down their judgment in the case of ‘People Over Wind’. This judgment had a profound effect on the methodology that had been widely accepted (and universally adopted by key statutory bodies in England and Wales).
Prior to the ruling it had been established practice that competent authorities should take account of mitigation measures which had been incorporated into a plan or project when deciding whether it would have a likely significant effect. The court has now ruled that this is incorrect and that it is not appropriate, at the screening stage, to take account of measures intended to avoid or reduce harmful effects on a European site. As at September 2018 this Habitats Regulations Assessment record was updated to take account of this ruling. No change to the final recommendations was made and there are consequently no changes needed to the Deposit Local Development Plan.
Equalities Impact Assessment: Matters where issues were raised during the Deposit consultation (repeated issues from earlier consultations) were in relation to Gypsy Traveller proposals and in relation to housing for the elderly. The updates to the Deposit Equalities Impact Assessment reflect the proposed Officer response to representations submitted on these matters.