Consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Rural Development Programme – Environmental Report

Closed 9 Apr 2014

Opened 12 Mar 2014


Defra is undertaking a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the proposed new Rural Development Programme in England. This considers the impacts of the programme on the environment. 

To undertake this assessment a consultation on an Environmental Report is being published for consultation.   A copy of the draft Rural Development Programme is also published alongside this document. 

The Environmental Report presents an assessment of the proposed Rural Development Programme in England and assesses any “reasonable alternatives”.  These are alternative options for delivering the programme  based on different funding scenarios and priorities.  

The report also discuss the ‘likely significant effects’ that would result from implementation of the proposed Rural Development Programme


  • National Park Authorities
  • Farmers
  • Tourism industry
  • Horticulture Industry
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Agricultural Landlords
  • Land Agents


  • Natural environment
  • Local environments
  • Common Agricultural Reform (CAP)
  • Land management
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Forestry
  • Rural grants and funding
  • Rural Development Programme for England