Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
1.1 This report
1.1.1 Scott Wilson has been commissioned by Harlow District Council (‘the Council’) to carry out the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the Harlow Core Strategy. The Core Strategy forms part of the Harlow Local Development Framework (LDF).
1.1.2 SA involves identifying and evaluating the impacts of a plan on the economy, the community and the environment – the three dimensions of sustainable development. It also suggests ways of avoiding or reducing any adverse impacts arising from the plan as well as ways of maximising its positive impacts. SA is a statutory requirement for Core Strategies and other Development Plan Documents (DPDs) under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
1.1.3 In order to undertake the appraisal of the Core Strategy and other DPDs, it is first necessary to establish a methodology or framework for undertaking the appraisal as well as an evidence base to inform the identification and evaluation of impacts. The framework and evidence base are documented in a Scoping Report.
1.1.4 It should be noted that the SA incorporates a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as required under EU legislation1.
1.2 Harlow Core Strategy
1.2.1 The Council commenced preparing their Core Strategy in September 2007. The Council is now preparing issues and options for consultation. This report provides the framework and evidence base for undertaking the appraisal of the Core Strategy and other DPDs.
1.3 Report structure
1.3.1 This report is structured as follows:
Chapter 2 sets out the approach to preparing the Scoping Report
Chapters 3 – 6 set out the evidence base for key spatial areas in Harlow
Chapters 7 – 17 set out the evidence base for key sustainability topics
Chapter 18 sets out what happens next in the plan-making and SA processes.
1 Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and Programmes on the environment (the ‘SEA Directive’) implemented through The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004