Sustainability Appraisal in neighbourhood planning in England

Yu, Xinzhi and Fischer, Thomas B ORCID: 0000-0003-1436-1221
(2019) Sustainability Appraisal in neighbourhood planning in England. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT, 62 (6). pp. 939-959.

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The preparation of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) inclusive sustainability appraisals (SAs) for neighbourhood plans (NPs) in England may be required when significant environmental effects are expected to arise from an NP. In this paper, we report on the result of a Ph.D. project, conducted between 2012 and 2015, in which all 15 NP SEA inclusive SAs that had been completed at the time were evaluated. In this context, the quality of SA practice was found to differ substantially. SAs were prepared either ‘in-house’ (i.e. by neighbourhood planning steering groups) or by consultants. The quality of SAs was found to be associated with their overall perceived degree of influence on the underlying NPs. Whilst the focus of this paper is on practice in England, findings are expected to be of interest to a wider international audience, in particular to those experimenting with voluntary neighbourhood/local level plan SA/SEA.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: neighbourhood planning, sustainability appraisal, strategic environmental assessment, effectiveness, UK planning
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2018 14:16
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 06:35
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2018.1454304
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