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Environmental Assessment of Development Plans

DescriptionContains advice on how the likely environmental effects of structure and local plans can be assessed.
ISBN0 7559 0904 6
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 29, 2003

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Environmental Assessment of Development Plans

David Tyldesley and Associates
Scottish Executive Social Research

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August 2003

Interim Planning Advice

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Contents

Paragraph

Introduction

1

Part 1 Overview

Background

The origins of environmental assessment

9

The benefits of assessment

12

The environmental policy context

Sustainable development

14

National and international environmental policy context

17

The approach to assessment

Key elements of the process

18

Integrating assessment with the development plan process

19

Structure plans and local plans

20

Team approach and expert advice

21

Choice of method

24

Overview of assessment method

26

Part 2 The Assessment Process

The key stages of assessment

31

Screening alterations

33

Collating and forecasting baseline environmental information

44

Collation and updating
Forecast of environmental change

44

54

Scoping the environmental report and environmental effects

59

Adopting environmental objectives and criteria

71

Assessing the plan's aims and vision

82

Consultations and consideration of transboundary effects

89

Assessing alternative policy frameworks and locational strategies

90

Checking the policy range

99

Assessing the plan's policies and proposals

103

Assessing policies
Assessing proposals
Identifying uncertainties and mitigating adverse effects

103

111

121

Preparing the environmental report

125

Developing proposals for monitoring

126

Modifying the draft plan and revising the environmental report

129

Depositing the environmental report with the submitted/finalised plan

132

Procedures in respect of the adoption/approval of the plan

134

Preparing the Article 9.1(b) statement
Finalising proposals for monitoring
Adoption/approval of the plan and making information available

138

139

140

Monitoring and review

142

Quality control

156

Conclusions

157

Glossary

55

Bibliography

58

Appendices

A Preliminary checklist of environmental information to be included in the environmental report of a local plan
B Developing environmental objectives and criteria
C Checking the policy range in local plans: example of a checklist derived from SPP/NPPG expectations
D Example of an assessment of a plan's strategy/vision Consultative Draft Midlothian Local Plan 1998
E Example of an assessment of a plan's policies Consultative Draft Aberdeenshire Local Plan 2000
F Example of an assessment of a plan's proposals The South East Wedge joint Development Study 1999
G Example of a cumulative impact assessment schedule
H Further guidance on monitoring
I Sustainability Appraisal
J Directive 2001/42/EC

Note

All references to Annexes and Articles are references to annexes and articles in the EC Directive 2001/42/EC. All references to Appendices are to appendices in this Interim Advice.

If you wish further copies of this report, or have any queries about the Planning Division please contact us at:

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The views expressed in this report are those of the consultants and do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers

The preparation of this advice benefited from the discussions of the Advisory Group and the contributions they made on working papers and drafts.

Membership of the Advisory Group:

Nick Evans

Scottish Executive Development Department (Chair)

Alan Cameron

Scottish Executive Development Department (Secretary)

George Burgess

Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department

Amanda Chisholm

Scottish Executive Development Department - Trunk Roads

Neil Deasley

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Pamela Ewen

Fife Council

Anne McCall

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Peter Rawcliffe

Scottish Natural Heritage

Beth Staffell

Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department

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