Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment

Historic England Advice Note 8

This Historic England Advice Note seeks to provide advice on historic environment considerations as part of the Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment process. It is aimed at all relevant local planning authorities, neighbourhood groups, developers, consultants, landowners and other interested parties.

This updated guidance builds on previous versions of the document published in 2010 and 2013.

We are currently reviewing our advice in light of the changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, and will amend it, where necessary, in due course.


  • Introduction
  • Sustainability Appraisal, Strategic Environmental Assessment and the historic environment
  • Stage 1 – Screening (SEA only)
    Neighbourhood Plans
    World Heritage Site management plans
    Supplementary planning documents
  • Stage 2 – Scoping
    Review of relevant plans, programmes and policies
    Baseline information
    Identifying sustainability issues and problems
    Developing the SA/SEA framework
    Decision-making criteria
    Indicators and monitoring
  • Stage 3 – Developing plan options, refining alternatives and assessing likely effects
    Evaluating potential significant effects
  • Stages 4 & 5 – preparing, publishing and consulting on the report

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 20
  • Product Code: HEAG036


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