Replacement Local Development Plan - Integrated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment
The RLDP will be informed by Integrated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) to ensure the social, economic and environmental effects of the RLDP are assessed.
There is a statutory requirement for Local Development Plans (LDPs) to be subject to Sustainability Appraisal (SA). The Sustainability Appraisal should incorporate the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Regulations; an assessment of the Replacement LDP on the Welsh language; and Health Impact Assessment. As such is it commonly known as an Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA).
The role of the ISA is to assess the means to which the emerging policies and proposals of the RLDP will help achieve the wider environmental, economic, social and cultural objectives.
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
The first stage of the ISA is the 'scoping' stage. This is an evidence gathering stage, reviewing plans, programmes, strategies and policies relevant to the preparation of the RLDP in order to set out an evidence base of the County's current economic, social, environmental, health and cultural well-being. Significant issues in the area relevant to the land use planning system are presented. The Scoping Report also includes the ISA Framework which consists of objectives/criteria against which the RLDP strategy, policies and proposals will be assessed.
The Draft ISA Scoping Report was consulted on during August-October and responses are currently being considered the report will be amended as necessary following consultation and information contained therein will be updated throughout the iterative ISA process to inform preparation of the RLDP.
Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)
The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (England and Wales) as amended by the Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 sets out the need for the Council to undertake a Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) (including Appropriate Assessment if necessary) of the Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP).
The purpose of the HRA is to ascertain whether the RLDP will have any significant adverse effects on the integrity of internationally important wildlife sites that are part of the UK National Site Network, specifically Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) (previously known as Naura 2000 sites) and, as a matter of Government policy, Ramsar sites, either in isolation or in combination with other plans and projects, and to advise on appropriate policy mechanisms for delivering mitigation where such effects are identified.
The first stage of the HRA will be to screen for Likely Significant Effects (LSEs) of the plan on designated sites within and adjacent to Swansea. Further details will be published here as this is prepared.