Why do I need to read this guide?

In order for a neighbourhood plan to meet the basic conditions at examination it must be compatible with EU obligations. One of these obligations relates to the effect a plan may have on the environment.

This toolkit describes what a strategic environmental assessment, (SEA) is, when one is required and the process of screening a neighbourhood plan to determine whether SEA is necessary. It also outlines which statutory consultees are involved in teh SEA process.

What will I learn from this guide?

  • What is a strategic environmental assessment (SEA)
  • How to screen a neighbourhood plan to determine whether SEA is necessary
  • Who are the statutory consultees for SEA

When should I read this guide?

You need to read this guide at the early stage of plan development, when you start to have an idea as to what your plan may address.

Further reading

You can find out about each stage of producing your neighbourhood plan by reading the Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap.

Notes

A revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) is currently being prepared by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Therefore any references to the NPPF and PPG within our toolkits and guidance documents may need to change and could be out of date when the revised NPPF is published. Please be aware of this when reading our documents.

Understand if your plan requires a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) (4.4MB pdf)