Announcing the publication of the guide in a written answer to a Parliamentary Question from Nigel Forman MP (Carshalton and Wallington) Mr Baldry said: 'The Department today published 'Environmental Appraisal of Development Plans: A Good Practice Guide' which provides advice on a straightforward range of techniques and procedures.
'It clearly shows the benefits of environmental appraisal, and how it can be easily integrated into each stage of the plan-making process. Environmental appraisal can be an important tool in helping to meet the wider goal of sustainable development. Local authorities should carry out plan appraisals to ensure that they contribute to this aim.'
Planning Policy Guidance note 12 (PPG12) offered preliminary advice on how to meet this requirement through the environmental appraisal of developmentplan policies and proposals.Research was commissioned last year and carried out by Baker Associates and the University of the West of England.