Integrated Sustainability Appraisal


England's Economic Heartland is developing its Transport Strategy (2020 – 2050), to be published in July 2020. 

EEH has commissioned WSP to undertake the  Integrated Sustainability Proposal alongside the development of the Transport Strategy to ensure that sustainability aspects are incorporated into the Strategy.

The ISA combines several assessment processes, including:

  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA);
  • Health Impact Assessment (HIA);
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA);
  • Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA); and
  • Community Safety Audits (CSA).

EEH consulted on the ISA Scoping Report between 4th March and 8th April 2020. The ISA Scoping Report represented the first stage of the ISA process, setting its context and scope through:

  • Identifying likely options for delivery of the Transport Strategy (Section 2);
  • Presenting the methodology and framework for undertaking the ISA (Section 3);
  • Reviewing relevant policies, baseline information and future trends (Section 4);
  • Identifying key issues and opportunities for the Transport Strategy, reflecting for example the increased pressure of development on the natural environment or the beneficial health effects of active travel (Section 5);
  • Identifying Sustainability Objectives to feed into an overall framework for appraisal of options (Section 6); and
  • Setting out next steps (Section 7).

We are now using the ISA scoping consultation responses to help us develop the ISA, alongside the development of the Transport Strategy.