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Plan making and the assessment process

The relationship between the 14 key assessment stages and the plan making process

Development Plan Process Key Assessment Stage Requirements of the Directive Steps in the Assessment Process
Intention to alter/ review plan, identify likely nature and scale of revisions 1. Screening alterations of plans potentially subject to Assessment
Testing whether plan alteration requires assessment (Article 3.3-6)
Mandatory consultation with designated authorities (Article 3.6)
Publish decisions (Article 3.7)
Screening process for application of Directive
Consult designated consultation authorities before making screening decisions
Publish screening decisions
Surveys required by TCP(S) Act 1997
Publicise report of survey
2. Collating and forecasting baseline environmental information
Annex I(b) requires environmental report to include relevant aspects of current state of the environment
Annex I(b) requires environmental report to include likely evolution of environment in the absence of plan implementation
Collation and updating of baseline environmental information relevant in nature and scale to the development plan
Forecast of environmental change relevant in nature and scale to the development plan
Publicise matters to be included in the plan 3. Scoping the environmental report and likely significant environmental effects Scoping with consultations (Article 5.4)
Identify significant environmental issues
Identify scope and level of detail of information to be included in environmental report
Consult designated consultation authorities and agree scope of environmental report
Issues paper, developing a vision and aims for the plan, consideration of alternative policy frameworks and spatial strategies
4. Adopting environmental objectives and criteria
5. Assessing the planís vision and aims
6. Consultations and consideration of transboundary effects
7. Assessing alternative policy frameworks and locational strategies
Defining environmental protection objectives and how they have been taken into account (Annex I(e))
Consider any likely transboundary effects, consult if necessary (Article 7)
Assess reasonable alternatives (Article 5.1)
Develop and adopt environmental objectives
Develop and adopt environmental criteria
Assess the vision and aims of the plan
Consider any likely transboundary effects
Assessing alternative policy frameworks and spatial or other locational strategies
Select and justify preferred policy framework and spatial strategy
Prepare the consultation draft plan
8. Checking the policy range of the plan
9. Assessing the plan’s policies and proposals
Undertake assessment of environmental effects of the plan (Articles 1 and 3.1 and 4.1)
identify mitigation etc (Annex I(g)) and prepare environmental report (Article 5)
Checking the range of development plan policies
Assess the plan’s policies
Assess the plan’s proposals
Identify uncertainties and mitigate adverse environmental effects
Consultation Draft Plan/pre-deposit consultations on emerging policies and proposals 10. Preparing and publishing the environmental report with the consultation draft plan
Assess existing and required monitoring (Article 10)
Complete environmental report (Article 5 and Annex I)
Develop proposals for monitoring
Complete environmental report and finalise plan
Revision and preparation of finalised plan 11. Modifying draft plan and revising environmental report   Assess effects of revised policies and proposals and revise the environmental report
Submission of structure plan to Ministers, deposit of finalised local plan 12. Depositing environmental report with submitted/finalised plan Deposit of finalised environmental report and consultation with public and designated authorities (Article 6.1-2) Deposit finalised local plan or submit structure plan with revised environmental report, consulting designated authorities and the public
Consideration of objections, pre-Inquiry modifications, Public Inquiry or consideration by SE, post-Inquiry modifications, preparations for adoption, notice of intention to adopt/ approve 13. Procedures in respect of adoption of the plan
Consideration of environmental report, representations of consultees and opinions of the public before plan adopted (Article 8)
Article 9.1(b) statement and monitoring proposals required in time for adoption
Inform public etc and make available
a] the plan
b] a statement in accordance with Article 9.1(b);
and c] proposals for monitoring (Article 9.1)
Duties to consider results of the assessment process before plan adopted
Prepare Article 9.1(b) statement
Finalise proposals for monitoring
Adopt/approve plan, inform consultees and the public and make available Article 9.1(b) statement and monitoring proposals
Ongoing monitoring and review process 14. Monitoring and review Monitoring of significant environmental effects (Article 10) Monitor and review results of monitoring and consider need for review of plan
Cycle complete – Survey of baseline data will inform review process and intention to prepare alteration/ modifications to the plan
Copied from Environmental Assessment of Development Plans, Scottish Executive Development Department, 2003