Strategic Environmental Assessments & Sustainability Appraisals
Our dedicated Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) team are passionate about their work and believe they have a fresh approach to the process. Here’s a quote from just one of our clients:
“WSP has provided us with a fresh and innovative way of looking at SA’s. Rather than being just another statutory requirement in the plan making process, the SA process for our Core Strategy is adding real value. It is allowing for independent questioning of the emerging options in the Core Strategy. This has given the policy writers the chance to step back and look at the policies from a different perspective. They also produce useable and easily understood reports that focus on key impacts, rather than developing long and complicated matrix which can add little value to the plan making process.”
Interim LDF Co-ordinator, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
We have undertaken a significant number of assessments of plans, programmes and projects at the national, regional and local level, as well as working on behalf of developers that want to engage in the process.
The core SEA and SA services we provide include:
- Scoping, including setting up the appraisal framework, which comprises the appraisal objectives, indicators and targets, describing the current economic, social and environmental conditions, and mapping out links to other plans and programmes
- Identifying and appraising options
- Production of the Scoping Report
- Consultation with the public and other organisations
- Appraising documents
- Production of reports
Organisations may wish to undertake some or all of the SA/SEA process themselves and we help with this by providing:
- In-house training on any or all of the stages associated with SA
- Expert inputs, e.g. facilitating the appraisal of documents through workshops
- Preparation of in-house guidance on SA
- Peer review of appraisals prepared by others
NDPs are a key element of the Coalition Government’s Localism Bill. The Government has not yet clarified if NDPs will require Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Read our briefing note looking at the need for SEA and suggested pointers on how to do it.
Enterprise Zones, Core Strategies & SEA
The ‘Plan for Growth’ (published in March 2011) announced 21 Enterprise Zones (EZs) and confirmed the location of the first 10. But what about sustainability within these new EZs? And with the recent challenge to the Forest Heath Core Strategy Assessment, largely on the grounds of the SEA Directive, what are the implications we should consider? We also look at how East of England Regional Spatial Strategy fell foul of the High Court and what this means for the future of SEA.