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Supporting assessments

A number of assessments have been prepared to support the consultation. Some of these are statutory requirements while others are simply good practice. If you have any comments to make on any of these assessments as part of the consultation of the Partnership’s Management Plan please send them to

Sustainability Appraisal

The Sustainability Appraisal is a systematic process used to ensure the social, environmental and economic effects of plans and policies are assessed as part of the plan preparation process. A key element of the Sustainability Appraisal is the testing of plans and policies against the Sustainability Appraisal objectives in order to identify the likely effects of the Plan. This is with a view to avoiding and mitigating adverse effects and maximising positive outcomes. The Sustainability Appraisal process therefore promotes sustainable development through better integration of sustainability considerations in the preparation and adoption of plans.

Download the Sustainability Appraisal PDF document

Habitats Regulations Assessment

We have a legal obligation under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended) to carry out a Habitat Regulations Assessment on the Partnership’s Plan to consider potential effects on European Sites.

European sites consist of:

  • Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) designated for habitat and animal species
  • Special Protection Areas (SPA) designated for bird species.
  • Ramsar sites designated under Ramsar Convention on Wetlands 1971

Several European sites are located within or adjacent to the Lake District National Park boundary and it is a requirement that the Partnership’s Plan is assessed under these regulations.

Before a plan can be adopted, the ‘competent authority’ (LDNPA) needs to demonstrate that the plan would have no significant effects on European sites integrity to the satisfaction of Natural England. Natural England have been involved in developing the Habitat Regulations Assessment.

The Habitat Regulations Assessment [open doc in new window] concludes that, subject to mitigation measures, the Partnership’s Plan will not have an adverse impact on the integrity of the European sites within or adjacent to the Lake District National Park.

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 states that any development, project or plan that is likely to have significant effect upon an Special Areas of Conservation, Special Protection Areas or Ramsar site, then (Subject to Regulation 63 and Regulation 64) the Lake District National Park Authority (or other competent authority) may not issue planning permission, adopt a plan or implement a project until it has carried out an Appropriate Assessment. The Appropriate Assessment will assess the implications of the development or plan against the European Site’s conservation objectives and ascertain whether the development or plan will have an Adverse Effect upon the Integrity of the Site.  The Habitat Regulation Assessment should be sent to Natural England for advice on the impacts to the European Site.

Notwithstanding the conclusions of the Plan’s Habitat Regulations Assessment, the Habitats Regulations apply to all plans and projects, including the actions of our Plan. As such, as proposals and projects emerge from decision-making guided by the Plan, their compliance with the Regulations is compulsory. It will be at these stages where the requirements of the Regulations can be more specifically applied to ensure European sites are given the protection required by law.

Download the Habitats Regulations Assessment PDF document

Equality Impact Assessment

The Equalities Impact Assessment sets out the potential positive or negative impacts of the strategies in the Partnership’s Management Plan on the following groups:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation

Download the Equality Impact Assessment PDF document

Heritage Impact Assessments

The Partnership’s Management Plan has not been subject to a Heritage Impact Assessment as these Assessment’s apply to a proposal at a specific location therefore many of the projects and actions identified in this consultation may require a Heritage Impact Assessment before these projects and actions are delivered.

Heritage Impact Assessments (HIA’s) are helpful tools in developing proposals in ways that avoid or minimize impact on the World Heritage Site. They are also important in making sure any remaining impact is properly considered when decisions are made about the overall appropriateness of proposals and whether to proceed. The process, when undertaken at any early stage, should highlight the likely impact that proposals would have upon Outstanding Universal Value and highlight where proposals might need adaptation to avoid causing harm to the World Heritage Site.

The World Heritage Site Impact Assessment should be proportionate to the attributes of OUV it demonstrates, scale and nature of the proposal and the likely potential for harm to OUV.

Guidance on how to assess potential impact on Outstanding Universal Value for the Lake District World Heritage Site for anyone preparing proposals, for changes in land management or physical development, is currently in development overseen by the World Heritage Site Steering Group. This will be approved by the Partnership and will be tested by potential end users to ensure clarity and suitability for a variety of projects. There will be a roll out of this guidance and training for organisations.

Supporting papers

A series of supporting papers and evidence papers have been prepared over the past two years to support the Key Challenge sections of this draft Plan for consultation. These papers provide a more in depth appreciation of the key challenge, presentation of the evidence and research that has gone into understanding the extent of the challenges facing the Lake District.