Integrated Sustainability Appraisal scoping report consultation
As part of the development of our Transport Strategy, we are undertaking an Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA). This assessment will help us make sure the strategy takes account of opportunities for environmental, social, socioeconomic and public health improvement, as well as addresses potential constraints.
The ISA incorporates the following assessments:
- Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/ 1633, “2004 Regulations” as amended) (SEA regulations).
- Health Impact Assessment (HIA) using guidelines set out by the Public Health Observatories.
- Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA), as required by section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, as amended.
- Community Safety Assessment (CSA) as required by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Police and Justice Act 2006, as amended.
- Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) as required by the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, as amended.
- Natural Capital assessment to meet requirements in the Environment Bill (expected to be enacted autumn 2021).
As part of the ISA process, we are legally required to consult specific bodies on how we propose to assess the strategy. We have set out these proposals in a Scoping Report.
The Scoping Report sets out the context for the development of the strategy proposals and identifies the methodology to be applied to the assessment. It also provides an opportunity for early consultation to be undertaken with wider interested organisations. Feedback will be used to inform the approach for the next stage the ISA and the strategy development.