Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal (includes Non-Technical Summary)

Ended on the 13 March 2019
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    1. Consultation on the Preferred Options LPR and Interim SA Report
      1. The purpose of this Interim SA Report is to accompany the Preferred Options version of the LPR for consultation. The responses to this public consultation, including that which is received from the statutory consultees and other interested parties, will be considered and taken on board where appropriate in advance of the next version of this SA Report, which will accompany the Regulation 19 version of the LPR for public consultation in the summer of 2019.
    2. Monitoring
      1. The SEA Directive, with regards to the requirements for monitoring, states:

"Member States shall monitor the significant environmental effects of the implementation of plans and programmes... in order, inter alia, to identify at an early stage unforeseen adverse effects, and to be able to undertake appropriate remedial action" (Article 10.1) and "The Environmental Report should provide information on "a description of the measures envisaged concerning monitoring"" (Annex I (i)).

10.2.2 This SA Report therefore proposes a Draft Monitoring Framework in Table 10-1 that will be revisited and updated at each stage of the SA process in light of changes to the LPR.

10.2.3 A Draft Monitoring Framework is proposed to measure the performance of the LPR, including the Core Strategy DPD and the Site Allocations DPD, against defined indicators. Indicators in the Monitoring Framework have been developed based on:

  • The objectives, targets and indicators that were developed for the SA Framework;
  • Features of the baseline that will indicate the effects of the plan;
  • The likely significant effects that were identified during the effects assessment; and
  • The mitigation measures that were proposed to offset or reduce significant adverse effects.
    1. Feedback from the monitoring process helps to provide more relevant information that can be used to pinpoint specific performance issues and significant effects, and ultimately lead to more informed decision-making. In addition to monitoring the sustainability impacts of the LPR, it will also be necessary to monitor changes to the environmental, social and economic context and baseline conditions.
    2. Monitoring in accordance with the SEA Directive can be incorporated into existing monitoring arrangements. The Council prepare an annual Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) to review progress on local development document preparation and monitor the outputs and implementation of current policies. It is expected that the proposed Draft Monitoring Framework in this chapter would be incorporated into the AMR.

Table 10-1: Proposed Monitoring Framework

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SA Objective

Effect to be monitored


Data source


1 - To reduce poverty and social exclusion

  • Inequality
  • Rates of poverty
  1. Proportion of population who live in wards that rank within the 10% most deprived in the country: Reduce the number of wards with LSOAs in the bottom 10% most deprived
  1. Index of Multiple Deprivation

Every three years

2 - To meet the housing requirements of the whole community

  • Ensure housing growth meets demand in the IHMA
  • Deliver a mix of high-quality housing to meet local needs
  • Address homelessness
  1. Affordable housing provision In Ipswich and at the Garden Suburb: Ipswich Garden Suburb to provide for at least 31% on-site affordable housing and 15% elsewhere in the Borough
  2. Living environment deprivation: To improve Ipswich's rank for living environment deprivation
  3. Number of housing completions: To meet local need
  4. Rough sleeping rate per 1,000 households
  1. Development management IBC
  2. Index of Multiple Deprivation
  3. Development management IBC
  4. Rough Sleeping Statistics, England https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness#rough-sleeping-tables

Every three years

3 - To improve the health of the population overall and reduce health inequalities

  • Promote healthier lifestyles
  • Tackle health inequalities
  1. Number of wards in the bottom 10% most deprived: Reduce the number of wards with LSOAs in the bottom 10% most deprived
  2. % of physically active adults
  3. Area of open space created through new development: To increase provision
  1. Index of Multiple Deprivation
  2. Public Health England (https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/physical-activity/data#page/1/gid/1938132899/pat/6/par/E12000006/ati/101/are/E07000202)
  3. Development management IBC

Every three years

4 - To improve the quality of where people live and work

  • Reduce anti-social behaviour and crime
  1. Recorded crime per 1,000 population: To tie in with Police targets relating to reducing crime levels by 2031
  1. Office for National Statistics data https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/recordedcrimedataatcommunitysafetypartnershiplocalauthoritylevel/current


5 - To improve levels of education and skills in the population overall

  • Raising educational attainment
  • Raising skills levels
  1. Average Attainment 8 scores for Key Stage 2 students in Suffolk
  2. Proportion of the population aged 16-64 with no qualifications
  1. National statistics data for Revised GCSE and equivalent results https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/revised-gcse-and-equivalent-results-in-england-2016-to-2017
  2. Local Government Association data https://lginform.local.gov.uk/reports/


6 - To conserve and enhance water quality and resources

  • Protection and enhancement of water quality
  • Provision of adequate water supply infrastructure to meet demand arising from new development
  1. Daily domestic water use (per capita consumption, litres): Number of new homes meeting standard of 110 litres/person/day
  2. Water resource availability
  3. Proportion of the Gipping's twelve surface waters in good ecological status and good chemical status
  1. Development management IBC (annually)
  2. Water Resource Management Plans for the area (five years)
  3. Environment Agency data https://environment. data.gov.uk /catchment-planning/ OperationalCatchment/3199/Summary (Annual)

Annual/Every five years

7 - To maintain and where possible improve air quality

  • Protection and enhancement of air quality
  • Protection of those most at risk of poor health related to poor air quality
  1. Number and distribution of AQMAs: No new AQMAs to be designated in the Borough
  2. Quantity of residents living in or within 200m of AQMAs
  1. Development management IBC
  2. Development management IBC

Every three years

8 - To conserve and enhance soil and mineral resources

  • Remediation of contaminated sites and avoidance of further contamination
  • Protection of Best and Most Versatile agricultural land
  • Protection and enhancement of soil quality
  1. Area of contaminated land returned to beneficial use: Target to be established (Ipswich Borough Council).
  2. Density of new residential development
  3. Percentage of development on previously developed land
  4. Quantity of BMV soils developed on
  1. Development management IBC
  2. Development management IBC
  3. Development management IBC
  4. Development management IBC using data from DEFRA at magic.defra.gov.uk/MagicMap

Every three years

9 - To promote the sustainable management of waste

  • Promotion of resource efficiency through sustainable design and construction
  • Management of waste arisings in accordance with the waste hierarchy
  1. Total household waste collected and total household waste sent for recycling
  1. National statistics Local authority collected and household waste statistics https://data.gov.uk/dataset/5aea1caf-3e38-4d57-b321-ba34eb762b6e/local-authority-collected-waste-management-statistics

As frequently as the data is collected and available

10 - To reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from energy consumption

  • Reduction of emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases
  1. Grand total carbon emissions and average per capita CO2 emissions in Ipswich
  1. National statistics Emissions of carbon dioxide for Local Authority Areas https://data.gov.uk/dataset/723c243d-2f1a-4d27-8b61-cdb93e5b10ff/emissions-of-carbon-dioxide-for-local-authority-areas


11 - To reduce vulnerability to climatic events and flooding

  • Protection of flood plains
  • Adaptation to the effects of climate change e.g. extreme weather, sea level rise.
  • Promotion of sustainable drainage systems
  1. Agency advice: No planning applications permitted contrary to Environment Agency advice on flooding (Ipswich Borough Council)
  2. Percentage of developments incorporating SuDS
  3. Tree canopy change over the Plan period
  1. Development management IBC
  2. Development management IBC
  3. Corporate Mapping IBC

Every three years

12 - To safeguard the integrity of the coast and estuaries

  • Protect existing properties and other land uses on the coast and estuaries
  1. Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management: Efficacy of the tidal surge barrier (Environment Agency).
  1. Environment Agency

Every three years

13 - To conserve and enhance biodiversity and geodiversity

  • Protection and enhancement/creation of new biodiversity/habitat
  • Protection and enhancement/creation of new green infrastructure provision
  • Protection of species at risk
  • Increasing canopy cover
  1. Extent and condition of key habitats for which Biodiversity Action Plans have been established: To maintain / enhance condition of BAP habitats.
  1. Net change in extent of protected habitat: No net loss of area of protected habitat. To increase the tree canopy cover in the borough to 22% by 2050 (Ipswich Borough Council).
  2. Canopy cover: net increase overall
  1. Planning Policy IBC
  1. Planning Policy IBC
  2. Corporate Mapping IBC


14 - To conserve and where appropriate enhance areas and assets of historical and archaeological importance

  • Conservation and enhancement of the IHMA's cultural heritage.
  • Protection/enhancement of local character and distinctiveness.
  1. Number of heritage assets 'at risk': To reduce number of heritage assets 'at risk' (Ipswich Borough Council).
  2. Number of archaeological investigations carried out at development sites and notable finds
  1. Development management IBC
  1. Development management IBC

Every five years

15 - To conserve and enhance the quality and local distinctiveness of landscapes and townscape

  • Conservation and enhancement of the IHMA's landscape character
  • Protection/enhancement of character and views of AONB
  1. Quantity of development within 1km of AONB
  2. Quantity of greenfield land lost to development
  1. Development management IBC
  1. Development management IBC

Every five years

16 - To achieve sustainable levels of prosperity and growth throughout the plan area

  • Delivery of employment land that supports economic diversification and the creation of high quality, local jobs.
  • Supporting the growth and development of existing businesses.
  • Providing job opportunities in sustainable locations.
  • Ensuring tourism growth is sustainable.
  1. Unemployment rate: To improve Ipswich's rank in the indices of multiple deprivation by 2031 for income and employment deprivation
  2. Employment development on employment land: To increase the amount of employment development on employment land each year.
  3. Average wage: To increase the average wage within Ipswich
  1. Index of Multiple Deprivation
  2. Annual Employment Land Availability Assessment (IBC)
  3. ONS data https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/datalist?size=50&sortBy=relevance

Every three years

17 - To maintain and enhance the vitality and viability of town and retail centres

  • Enhancing town centres, district and local centres and villages.
  • Improving the viability of Ipswich.
  1. Unemployment in Ipswich: To reduce the proportion of people unemployed in Ipswich
  2. No. / Percentage of vacant retail units: To reduce number of vacant units in defined centres
  1. ONS data https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/datalist?size=50&sortBy=relevance
  2. Development management IBC

Every three years

18 - To encourage efficient patterns of movement, promote sustainable travel of transport and ensure good access to services

  • Reducing the need to travel, particularly by private motor car.
  • Promotion of sustainable forms of transport including public transport, walking and cycling.
  1. Extent of the PRoW network and cycle paths: To increase the quantity and quality of pedestrian and cycle routes
  1. Highway Authority (Suffolk County Council)

Every three years

19 - To ensure that the digital infrastructure available meets the needs of current and future generations

  • Provision of services through technology.
  • Supporting the growth of the (digital) economy.
  • Realising opportunities for social inclusion and reducing rural isolation.
  1. To improve average internet speeds in Ipswich and to increase the proportion of Ipswich's residents with access to high-speed and full fibre internet
  1. https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/index.php?area=E14000761


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