THE SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY have provided their response for a Screening Opinion on the need for a Strategic Environmental Assessment on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan.
“It is SDNPA’s view that the Plaistow / Ifold Neighbourhood Plan does not require a Strategic Environmental Assessment.“
“The scale of development covered by the plan (up to 11 units over the plan period excluding windfalls) is not likely to have a significant effect upon the environment;”
“The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) proposed housing development for Plaistow / Ifold is consistent with that allocated through the Chichester Local Plan (about 10 dwellings), which has already been subject to an SEA. It is not considered that a further SEA is required based upon the location identified for development.”
“I do not envisage any significant effects upon existing Natura 2000 designations that would trigger an SEA under Article 3(2)(b) of the SEA Directive;”
Reference: Response – South Downs National Park Authority (01 Apr 2017)