Integrated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment

Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA)

There is a statutory requirement for the replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) for Newport to be subject to a number of specific appraisals and assessments to ensure sustainable development is at the heart of the RLDP. This legal requirement is met through the production of an Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA).

The ISA fulfils the requirements and duties for:

  • Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA),
  • Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA),
  • Health Impact Assessment (HIA),
  • Welsh Language Impact Assessment (WLIA), and
  • Well-being of Future Generations (WBFG).

The aim of the ISA is to inform and influence the plan-making process with a view to avoiding and mitigating negative impacts and maximising positive impacts.

There are 5 key stages to an ISA which is integrated with the LDP process:

ISA Stage LDP Stage
Stage A -Scoping Call for Candidate Sites
Stage B - Appraisal of Alternatives Preferred Strategy
Stage C - Assessment of Deposit LDP Deposit Plan
Stage D - Examination and Adoption Examination
Stage E - Monitoring Adoption

Initial ISA – appraisal of alternatives (consultation closed)

The Initial Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) represents the second stage of the ISA process.

The report reviews the work undertaken in preparation of the RLDP and provides an appraisal of the reasonable alternatives the council considered for the Preferred Strategy against the sustainability framework established in the previous scoping report.

Initial ISA – Appraisal of Alternatives 

The ISA – Appraisal of Alternatives consultation period ran from 25 October 2023 to 20 December 2023. This consultation period is now closed

Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) - screening report (consultation closed)

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2010) require that Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) is applied to all statutory land use plans in England and Wales.

The purpose of an HRA is to assess whether the Plan proposals would have any significant adverse effects on designated sites defined under Regulation 10 of the Habitats Directive, which includes Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

The HRA screening report, which is the first key stage in the process, is now available for review and comment:

Habitat Regulations Assessment – screening report

The HRA – Screening Report consultation period ran from 25 October 2023 to 20 December 2023. This consultation period is now closed.

ISA - Scoping Report (consultation closed)

The Integrated Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report for the Newport RLDP outlines the proposed approach to the RLDP’s Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (SA), incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

This report is the first stage of an ISA process and sets out the sustainability appraisal issues and objectives/criteria against which the RLDP strategy, policies and proposals will be assessed.

This has involved a review of the plans, programmes, strategies and policies relevant to the preparation of the RLDP, together with a review of the environmental, social and economic baseline characteristics of Newport.

Download ISA Scoping Report (pdf)
Download ISA Scoping Report: Appendix B (pdf)
Download ISA Scoping Report: Non-Technical Summary (pdf)

The ISA - Scoping Report consultation period ran from 30 June 2021 to 27 August 2021. This consultation period is now closed.