Forum Digest 25th April 2021

Neighbourhood Plan Latest Update

In the 21st March edition of the Digest I said that we expected to see a draft of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report from AECOM in early April. Well, we did receive it just before our Steering Group meeting the week before last. There were a few minor tweaks and the updated report has now been sent to the statutory consultees (Natural England, Historic England, and The Environment Agency) for them to review over the next five weeks. This means we are still pretty much on track with the Roadmap timetable towards Plan adoption.

The Scoping Report has “scoped in” Biodiversity, Historic Environment, Landscape, Population & Housing, and Transportation to be included in the final Environmental Report; and “scoped out” Air Quality, Climate Change & Flood Risk, Waste, Minerals, Land & Soil & Water Resources, and Health & Wellbeing. Once we have this final report (the main outcome from the SEA process), we’ll share it with you.

The SEA we have been asked/required to undertake is to assess the impact of the Forum Plan policies and where they may be in conflict with any of Broxtowe’s Local Plan Part 2 policies. Therefore, the elements that have been “scoped out” of the report are those where our policies are least likely to impact on, or conflict with, policies in the Local Plan. The current statutory consultation will confirm whether the elements scoped in and out are correct, before AECOM proceed to complete the final report for us.

As always, we will keep you updated and informed via the Digest and the Plan page of the website. Please do feel free to ask any questions you may have via the Contact Us page, and we’ll do our best to answer them on our new Questions and Answers page (see below).

David, SG Vice Chair

Questions and Answers

As part of our efforts to keep the Forum Membership actively involved in the process of Neighbourhood Planning, we have added a “Questions & Answers” page to our website. Ask us questions about the plans for the Neighbourhood Area and we will do our best to answer them.

The page is here

Mark, SG Website/Communications Officer

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