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Strategic Environmental Assessment

We need to know what impact the JLTP3 will have on the environment so a Strategic Environmental Assessment is undertaken. 

Section 4.7.6 of the JLTP3 refers to the environmental reports...'the SEA is a valuable process for flagging up environmental issues and identifying mitigating measures.  Local authorities are not obliged to choose the most environmentally friendly option.  Issues of funding, feasibility and the need to deliver against a range of other objectives such as supporting economic growth and promoting equality of opportunity must be taken into account in selecting a preferred option.  Our JLTP3 aims to strike the right balance...'

A Post Adoption SEA Statement was published in March 2011.

A full Environmental Report (275 pages) is published alongside the draft JLTP3 in July 2010. 

A non-technical summary of 11 pages is also available.

A Health Impact Assessment, contained within the Environmental Report, looks at public health concerns related to the JLTP3 in respect of air quality, noise and climate change, equality of life and health inequalities. 

A Habitats Regulation Assessment (93 pages) considers whether the JLTP3 would have an adverse affect on the integrity of international designated habitats such as the Avon Gorge Woodlands, Severn Estuary and Chew Valley Lake. 

An Appropriate Assessment identifies these in more detail.

Addressing anti-discrimination and equalities legislation is dealt with under an Equalities Impact Assessment (21 pages). 

Following engagement on the draft JLTP3 and Environmental Report and updated Addendum Report has been produced.

 The SEA process started with a Scoping Report circulated to statutory stakeholders, organisations and groups in December 2009.