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Draft Sustainability Appraisal Report (Part B)

Representation ID: 98886

Received: 30/10/2019

Respondent: Natural England

Representation:

Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.

We are satisfied, and agree, with the findings of both of the above Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment documents, both are thorough and robust. My only comment in regard to the SA is that it would be good under Table 8.1 under SA6: To protect and enhance Norfolk's biodiversity and geodiversity, to include an indicator which demonstrates how the Local Plan is contributing to biodiversity net gain by recording the area of new habitats created following the restoration of allocated sites.

Otherwise, I'd just like to reiterate the remarks I made in response to the Initial Options stage, that you and your team are to be congratulated on the quality of the consultation documents that have been produced. Natural England considers that the M&WLPR undertaken to date has been detailed, comprehensive and written in accordance with current legislation and policy.

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Thank you for your consultation on the above dated 17 September 2019 which was received by Natural England on the same date.

Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.

We welcome the opportunity to comment on the Preferred Options consultation of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review (M&WLPR) prepared by your authority, and have submitted a few comments on specific policies and proposed site allocations through the on-line consultation process, having reviewed the following documents:
* Main M&WLPR Preferred Options consultation document, dated July 2019;
* Draft Sustainability Appraisal (Part B) of the M&WLPR, dated June 2019; and
* Draft Habitats Regulations Assessment (Test of Likely Significant Effect)of M&WLPR, dated July 2019.

We are satisfied, and agree, with the findings of both of the above Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment documents, both are thorough and robust. My only comment in regard to the SA is that it would be good under Table 8.1 under SA6: To protect and enhance Norfolk's biodiversity and geodiversity, to include an indicator which demonstrates how the Local Plan is contributing to biodiversity net gain by recording the area of new habitats created following the restoration of allocated sites.

Otherwise, I'd just like to reiterate the remarks I made in response to the Initial Options stage, that you and your team are to be congratulated on the quality of the consultation documents that have been produced. Natural England considers that the M&WLPR undertaken to date has been detailed, comprehensive and written in accordance with current legislation and policy.

If you have any questions please contact me.

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HRA Main document

Representation ID: 98887

Received: 30/10/2019

Respondent: Natural England

Representation:

Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.

We are satisfied, and agree, with the findings of both of the above Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment documents, both are thorough and robust.

Otherwise, I'd just like to reiterate the remarks I made in response to the Initial Options stage, that you and your team are to be congratulated on the quality of the consultation documents that have been produced. Natural England considers that the M&WLPR undertaken to date has been detailed, comprehensive and written in accordance with current legislation and policy.

Full text:

Thank you for your consultation on the above dated 17 September 2019 which was received by Natural England on the same date.

Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.

We welcome the opportunity to comment on the Preferred Options consultation of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review (M&WLPR) prepared by your authority, and have submitted a few comments on specific policies and proposed site allocations through the on-line consultation process, having reviewed the following documents:
* Main M&WLPR Preferred Options consultation document, dated July 2019;
* Draft Sustainability Appraisal (Part B) of the M&WLPR, dated June 2019; and
* Draft Habitats Regulations Assessment (Test of Likely Significant Effect)of M&WLPR, dated July 2019.

We are satisfied, and agree, with the findings of both of the above Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment documents, both are thorough and robust. My only comment in regard to the SA is that it would be good under Table 8.1 under SA6: To protect and enhance Norfolk's biodiversity and geodiversity, to include an indicator which demonstrates how the Local Plan is contributing to biodiversity net gain by recording the area of new habitats created following the restoration of allocated sites.

Otherwise, I'd just like to reiterate the remarks I made in response to the Initial Options stage, that you and your team are to be congratulated on the quality of the consultation documents that have been produced. Natural England considers that the M&WLPR undertaken to date has been detailed, comprehensive and written in accordance with current legislation and policy.

If you have any questions please contact me.

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