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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 31/10/2006
APPROPRIATE ASSESSMENT OF THE CORE STRATEGY



Summary & Purpose
A report was made to the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 23rd May 2006 regarding the Appropriate Assessment of the Core Strategy. The report set out the details of the Appropriate Assessment and members are referred to it for an explanation of how the Appropriate Assessment relates to the Core Strategy.

A public consultation was carried out between 1st August and 15th September 2006. This report sets out the responses to that consultation, and in particular the comments of English Nature (now called Natural England).

APPENDIX C
Waverley Borough CounciL

Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee
31ST OCTOBER 2006

EXECUTIVE - 31ST OCTOBER 2006

Title:
APPROPRIATE ASSESSMENT OF THE CORE STRATEGY
[Wards Affected: All]
Summary and purpose:

A report was made to the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 23rd May 2006 regarding the Appropriate Assessment of the Core Strategy. The report set out the details of the Appropriate Assessment and members are referred to it for an explanation of how the Appropriate Assessment relates to the Core Strategy.

A public consultation was carried out between 1st August and 15th September 2006. This report sets out the responses to that consultation, and in particular the comments of English Nature (now called Natural England).

Environmental implications:

The environmental implications of the Appropriate Assessment are that the possible adverse effect on the Special Protection Areas and the Special Area of Conservation, (hereafter referred to as “the sites”), by the Core Strategy, has been identified and it is considered that proper mitigation measures can be taken.

Social / community implications:

There are no direct social and community implications arising from this report.

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications.

Resource and legal implications:

There is a considerable amount of joint working with other local authorities on this project.

The results of the public consultation

1. There were 3 main comments from the public responses specifically on the Appropriate Assessment. There are also comments from Natural England. The other comments were on the Miniplan. The three comments were as follows with a response below:

Comments from Natural England

2. The main comments from Natural England were as follows and these have been included in the document or are being resolved:

There is support for the production of a Miniplan in principle.

Clarify the terminology of the hierarchy of the different types of nature reserve.

Provide a clear audit of the strategic policies for each Natura 2000 site.

Clarify the position on the form of advice given to Waverley Borough Council by Natural England.

Do an Appropriate Assessment of the Wealden Heaths and Special Area of Conservation.

Include the conservation objectives as defined by Natural England for the heaths.

Provide maps showing the housing allocations in relation to the Natura 2000 sites.

3. Natural England’s comments can be met in the Appropriate Assessment. However, they are also querying the Miniplan. The next report on the agenda deals with those issues and comments from the public.

Conclusion

4. The Appropriate Assessment has needed amendments to meet the comments that have been made, but this has been achieved and the suggested amendments are included in the document. The amendments are underlined in the text for ease of reference (see Annexe 1).

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee recommend to the Executive that the amended draft of the Appropriate Assessment be adopted as the policy of the Council.

Background Papers (DPD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.


CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Geraldine Molony Telephone: 01483 523296
E-mail: gmolony@waverley.gov.uk



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