Four Towns Plan: Habitat Regulations Assessment
Due to the presence of the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA/ Ramsar site at the heart of the Four Towns Plan area, it was always likely that the Plan preparation process would entail an Appropriate Assessment of emerging policies and proposals in the Four Towns Plan in order to comply with the 2010 Habitat Regulations and its predecessors. Accordingly, Enfusion Ltd was appointed in 2011 to undertake a Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) for the Four Towns Plan.
The appointment of Enfusion Ltd corresponded closely with the formal designation of the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA/ Ramsar site on 7 April 2011. Enfusion completed the initial screening work for the Four Towns Plan taking account of the scope of the latter, largely determined by the emerging North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS) review. Enfusion’s initial outputs (June 2011) were:
Delays and challenges arising through the JCS review had a direct impact upon the timetable for the Four Towns Plan, as the two are directly linked to one another (i.e. the Four Towns Plan must fit together with the JCS review in order to make up a comprehensive Local Plan). In response to the Planning Policy Committee’s decision to proceed with the Four Towns Plan Regulation 18 Consultation (17 September 2012) Enfusion has produced an Update Note, explaining the next stages in the process:
This is expected to run in parallel with the Four Towns Plan preparation process itself.
- Four Towns Plan - Regulation 18 Consultation
- Four Towns Plan: Habitat Regulations Assessment (you are here)