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NOV
03

Sustainability Appraisal: Current and emerging issues

Date:
Thursday, 03 November 2016 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Venue:
The Hatton (etc Venues), 51-53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN
Price:
£399 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
 
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £499 standard price
Organiser:

In the twelve years since the European SEA Directive and the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 respectively required strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and sustainability appraisal (SA), SEA/SA practice has advanced rapidly.  Recent legal challenges have highlighted the importance of considering reasonable alternatives in SEA/SA and documenting the choice of alternatives; a wide range of previous SEA/SAs, both good and bad, give us examples to draw from; Geographical Information Systems are increasingly being used in site specific plan appraisals; and links are increasingly being drawn between SEA/SA and Habitats Regulations Assessment.  Neighbourhood Plans may require proportionate SEA/SAs. 

That said, the recent LPEG report suggests many changes to the SEA/SA process, and Brexit may, in the longer run, lead to significant changes to (or indeed abolition of) the process.  Government cutbacks mean that SEA/SAs must be particularly efficient and provide true 'value added'. 

This masterclass proposes ways of carrying out effective, efficient SEA/SA taking into account these changes.  It focuses on how SEA/SA can make a real difference in plan-making, to make the plan ‘greener’ and more sustainable.  There is plenty of time for discussion, and the tutor is happy to have a brief surgery over lunch or after the course to deal with detailed queries.

A linked introductory masterclass on SEA/SA provides an introduction to legal requirements and the SEA/SA process.

Benefits of attending:

This masterclass will help you understand:

  1. What is good and bad in SEA/SA practice: how to promote the former and avoid the latter
  2. The conclusions and implications of recent SEA/SA-related legal challenges
  3. How to identify 'reasonable alternatives' in the light of the legal challenges and changes to the planning system
  4. Specific SEA/SA requirements for Neighbourhood Plans and site-specific plans
  5. How to minimise the cost of SEA/SA while still being effective and legally compliant
  6. Legal requirements for Habitats Regulations Assessment and how HRA links with SEA/SA

Who should attend?

  • Planners (land use, transport, minerals, waste, etc.) – how do I do it?  what should I avoid?
  • Planning consultants – how to support planners in doing it?
  • Statutory consultees – what should I expect and how do I provide value added?

Participants should already understand the basic legal requirements and process of SEA/SA.  For instance they should have attended the RTPI introductory masterclass on SEA/SA or have been involved in carrying out most of the stages of an SEA/SA.

 

Programme

9:00 Registration and coffee

9:30 Welcome and introduction

9:40 Quiz: Legal requirements of the SEA/SA

  • A review of the requirements of the SEA Directive and Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act

9:50 Good and bad SEA/SA practice

  • An analysis of two SEA/SA reports to identify what works and what doesn't.
  • Discussion of how to avoid bad SEA/SA practice, and what is cutting edge in terms of good SEA/SA practice

11:00 Coffee and networking

11:15 SEA/SA-related legal judgements and how inspectors treat SEA/SAs

  • Key findings of the legal judgements 'St Aldates', 'Historic Newmarket', 'Greater Norwich', 'HS2' etc.
  • Implications of the legal judgements for SEA/SA practice
  • How inspectors treat SEA/SAs, taking into account the legal judgements

12:00 Reasonable alternatives in SEA/SA

  • Based on the legal judgements and emerging good practice, what are reasonable alternatives, how should they be assessed, and how can this step be documented

12:45 Lunch

1:30 Issues in SEA/SA

  • SEA/SA of site specific plans
  • SEA of Neighbourhood Plans
  • Setting up a monitoring system and monitoring the actual impacts of the plan
  • SEA statements
  • Minimising the cost of SEA/SA

2:45 Tea/coffee

3:00 Habitats Regulations Assessment

  • Legal requirements
  • Carrying out the HRA screening stage in house
  • Examples of HRA
  • How HRA links with SEA

4:15     Close

 

Trainer: Riki Therivel, Partner, Levett Therivel