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  • Water Resources Technical Stakeholder Meeting

    Environmental assessments

    Demand management options

    19 June 2017

  • SWOX WRZ

    SWA WRZ

  • Agenda

    10:00 Welcome & introduction Chris Lambert (Chair)

    10:10 Environmental Assessment: Overview of the approach

    John Sanders/Ben Stansfield

    11:00 Breakout session Table Discussion

    11:50 Short Break

    12.00 Assessments of specific options Break-out format

    12.45 Summary and Next Steps John Sanders/Ben Stansfield

    13:00 Lunch

    13:30 Demand management Marissa Vandonkelaar

    14:45 General discussion

    15:00 Meeting Close

  • Exploring future options

    5

    Resilience assessments

    Environmental performance

    Bottom up risk and updated cost

    WRMP19 rejection register

    P ro

    g ra

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    Methodology reports

    Option feasibility

    reports

    Cross option investment needs

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    WRMP14

    options

    Screening

    methodology

    Option

    investigation

    needs

    New options

    3rd party

    options

    Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4

    Planning

    Permission

    P re

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    Outline

    Design

  • John Sanders & Ben Stansfield - Ricardo

    Environmental Assessment:

    Approach

  • Exploring future options

    7

    Resilience assessments

    Environmental performance

    Bottom up risk and updated cost

    WRMP19 rejection register

    P ro

    g ra

    m m

    e

    a p

    p ra

    is a

    l

    Methodology reports

    Option feasibility

    reports

    Cross option investment needs

    Phase 1

    C o

    n c

    e p

    tu a

    l d

    e s

    ig n

    re p

    o rt

    f o

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    A d

    v a

    n c

    e d

    p ro

    g ra

    m m

    e

    in v e

    s ti

    g a ti

    o n

    s

    WRMP14

    options

    Screening

    methodology

    Option

    investigation

    needs

    New options

    3rd party

    options

    Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4

    Planning

    Permission

    P re

    fe rr

    e d p

    ro g

    ra m

    m e

    Outline

    Design

  • Objectives for this morning

    • To recap the approach to environmental assessment of the

    WRMP

    • To set out the key findings from the Strategic Environmental

    Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment and Water

    Framework Directive Assessment of the options in the

    Constrained List

    • To explain the layout of the assessments to assist

    stakeholders in their subsequent review of the reports

    • To discuss and gain initial feedback on the assessment

    findings

  • Statutory framework provides focus of the approach

    9

    Habitats Regulations

    Assessment

    Will the option adversely affect any

    European designated conservation

    sites?

    Strategic Environmental Assessment

    Beneficial & adverse effects of each option are assessed against a broad range of

    environmental & social topics (e.g. biodiversity, heritage, health)

    Water Framework Directive

    Assessment

    Will the option lead to adverse effects on

    the biology and chemistry of water

    bodies or their physical characteristics?

    Assessment of option elements, options,

    programmes and WRMP as a whole

  • Compliance with statutory framework

    Habitats

    Regulations

    Assessment

    Strategic

    Environmental

    Assessment

    Water Framework

    Directive

    Assessment

    European Legislation

    Defra

    Guiding

    Principles

    Water Resources

    Planning

    Guideline

    National Regulatory Guidance

    Best Practice Guidance

    National Legislation

    Countryside &

    Rights of Way Act

    UKWIR Guidance

    SEA & HRA for

    WRMPs

    Wildlife &

    Countryside Act

    NERC

    Act

    Various Water

    Acts

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    Approach to Environmental & Social Assessment

    WFD

    SEA Conceptual

    Design

    HRA

    Constrained

    Option

    Elements

    Initial screening

    of wide range of

    options

    Fine

    Screening

    Assessment

    of WRZ

    programmes

    Assessment

    of whole

    plan

    Stakeholder consultation and engagement throughout the process

    Informs

    programme

    appraisal

    WFD

    SEA

    HRA

    Feasibility

    Reports

    Env Assessment

    Reports

    Fine Screening

    Report

  • Key Activities to Date • Assessment methodology consultation – January to December 2016

    • SEA Scoping Report consultation – July to September 2016

    • Consultation feedback – majority agreed that environmental valuation (£) of

    environmental effects would not materially improve the assessment process

    • Option specific environmental assessments – e.g. Severn Thames Transfer

    Water Quality & Ecology Report; Vyrnwy river support environmental studies

    • SEA, HRA and WFD assessments of feasible options – Feasibility Reports

    • SEA, HRA and WFD assessments informed environmental dimension at

    Fine Screening of option elements – Fine Screening Report

    • Detailed SEA, HRA and WFD assessments of all Constrained List option

    elements – Environmental Assessment Reports now being published

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    CONCEPTUAL

    DESIGN

    MITIGATION &

    ENHANCEMENT

    FEASIBILITY

    REPORT

    ENVIRONMENTAL

    & SOCIAL

    DATASETS

    ENVIRONMENTAL

    STUDIES

    HRA

    SCREENING

    WFD

    ASSESSMENT

    SEA

    Environmental Assessment – Building Blocks

    FINE SCREENING

    REPORT

  • Progression of environmental assessment

    throughout WRMP development to date

    Criteria

    B e

    ck to

    n

    Es tu

    ar y

    So u

    th

    Er it

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    So u

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    - Th

    am e

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    ad

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    So u

    th

    – C

    ro ss

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    D ir

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    Option Capacity (Ml/d) 150 150 300 150 300 75

    Planning & environmental criteria

    Planning policy and history Land Use and Land Use Quality Floodplain encroachment (loss of floodplain / need for compensation storage)

    Landscape Character Sensitivity Views and Visual Amenity Employment and local economy Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Opportunity for biodiversity improvement Archaeology and Historic Environment Non-traffic impact of construction on local residents Impact on recreation Water resources & water quality STAGE 3 ASSESSMENT PASS FAIL FAIL PASS PASS PASS

    FEASIBILITY

    REPORT

    Sub-dimension Desalination

    B e

    c k

    to n

    T h

    a m

    e s m

    e a

    d

    C r

    o s s n

    e s s

    150 Ml/d 150-300

    Ml/d 75 Ml/d

    Environmental & Social Assessment

    SEA ◎◑r ◎◑r ◎◑r

    HRA ○ ○ ○

    WFD ○ ○ ○

    Cumulative effects ○ ○ ○

    FINE

    SCREENING

    REPORT

  • Progression of environmental assessment

    throughout WRMP development to date

    Criteria

    B e

    ck to

    n

    Es tu

    ar y

    So u

    th

    Er it

    h

    M ar

    sh e

    s/

    C ro

    ss n

    e ss

    Es tu

    ar y