Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) and a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Screening Determination
In some circumstances, neighbourhood plans may require environmental assessments in line with European obligations. These environmental assessments are a SEA and a HRA.
Crowthorne Parish Council provided information on the scope of their neighbourhood plan to Bracknell Forest Council to determine whether a SEA or HRA is required. This is known as ‘screening’.
Bracknell Forest Council’s screening decision was subject to a 5-week consultation with Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency. The screening determination concludes that the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan does not require an SEA and an Appropriate Assessment.
Crowthorne Parish Council undertook a pre-submission (Regulation 14) consultation on the draft Plan between 4 February and 20 March 2019.
Crowthorne Parish Council, as the ‘qualifying body,’ has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan for its area with the help of the local community. The Plan sets out objectives for the future and contains planning policies to guide the development and use of land in Crowthorne Parish.
The Parish Council submitted its proposed plan to Bracknell Forest Council on 22 July 2019. The council was satisfied that the submitted plan complied with the relevant legal requirements and therefore proceeded with the formal consultation. In line with the Regulations, the plan was subject to a 6-week consultation period between 10am on Monday 23 September and 5pm on Monday 4 November 2019.