Sustainable Appraisal (SA) Incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Consultation

Closes 20 Sep 2019

Opened 26 Jul 2019


The publication of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Local Development Plan 2030 draft Plan Strategy represents a significant milestone for the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough. The Local Development Plan 2030 will set out the framework for future planning and sustainable development of the Borough until 2030.

This Sustainability Appraisal (SA) incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is published alongside the draft Plan Strategy for formal public consultation over an 8-week period and the Council is inviting expressions of opinions, beginning on Friday 26 July and closing on Friday 20 September 2019 at 5pm.   

Please note that comments received after the closing date at 5pm on Friday 20 September 2019 will not be considered and will be subsequently returned. 

Why We Are Consulting

The SA is published with a non-technical summary and scoping report.

SA is a statutory process incorporating the requirements of the European Union Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive (2001) (‘the SEA Directive’). It provides the process for assessing potential effects of proposed plans or programmes, to ensure that potential significant environmental impacts are considered from the earliest opportunity and addressed in decision-making.

SEA is a systematic process for assessing potential effects of proposed plans or programmes to ensure that significant environmental impacts are considered from the earliest opportunity and addressed in decision making. It was introduced by the European Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (known as ‘the SEA Directive’). In Northern Ireland, the Directive’s requirements are taken forward through The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (EAPP) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004. The EAPP (NI) Regulations set out more detailed requirements for the process and content of the environmental assessment of plans and development.

The SA process assesses plans against a set of sustainability objectives and aims to ensure that the policies and proposals in the Local Development Plan are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

The first stage of the SA process is the SA Scoping Report. The SA Scoping Report presents information about the topics being assessed under the SA, which incorporates the SEA. The SA Scoping Report then establishes and describes the sustainability framework against which the Plan is assessed and sets out the proposed approach to the appraisal of the Local Development Plan. The Scoping Report will be updated throughout the Plan preparation and will be included with all SA Reports published as part of the consultation process for the Local Development Plan. A SA Interim Report together with the SA Scoping Report was published for consultation at the same time as the Preferred Options Paper (POP) in 2017.

The Council welcomes your opinions on any aspects of the SA incorporating SEA, and in particular, if any of the predicted effects are likely, or if there are any significant effects which have not been considered, or if there are any reasonable alternatives that have not been considered.

If you do not wish to complete this online consultation, a hard copy of the consultation form can be found under the 'Related Documents' section below. 

SA incorporating SEA Consultation