Consultation on developing a National Policy Statement for Water Resources and proposals to amend the definition of nationally significant water infrastructure in the Planning Act 2008

Closes 22 Dec 2017

Part 2 cont ... Appraisal of Sustainability and Habitats Regulations Assessment

For this set of questions you will need to refer to the Appraisal of Sustainabilty (AoS) Scoping Report, Appendix and the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Methodology Report. They are available to download from the front page of this consultation.

4. Do you agree with the main issues identified in the topic areas (Section 3.3 of AoS Scoping Report)? Specifically: Are there issues included in the proposed scope of the appraisal that you think should be removed? If so why? Are there relevant issues that have not been reflected in the proposed scope of the appraisal that you think should be included? If so, why?

5. Does the AoS Scoping Report set out sufficient information to establish the context for the appraisal, both in terms of the scope of the baseline analysis presented, and the plans and programmes reviewed (AoS appendix B)? If not, which areas do you think have been missed from the baseline analysis and/or what additional plans or programmes should be included?

6. Do the AoS objectives and guide questions (Section 4.3 of AoS scoping report) cover the breadth of issues appropriate for appraising the effects of the draft NPS? If not, which objectives should be amended and how? Or which guide questions should be amended and how? Are there other objectives or guide questions that you believe should be included?

7. Do you have any comments on the discussion on potential reasonable alternatives to the NPS (Section 2.4 of the AoS scoping report)? Should any further alternative scenarios be considered? Please support your suggestion with your reasoning.

8. Do you think that the proposed approach to assessing the NPS against the Habitats Regulations is appropriate? For example, you may consider if the approach described is proportionate and whether it would provide a suitable level of information about potential habitats impacts. If not, how do you think the intended approach should be amended, and why?

9. Do you think that the HRA Methodology Report sets out sufficient information to establish the context for the Screening Report and later Appropriate Assessment? If not, which areas do you think have been missed and where is the information available from.