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The PDF comprises a suite of documents, made up of three core documents (which will be formally adopted by the Authority) and a range of supporting documents.

Figure 1 illustrates the content of the PDF, as well as how the PDF is informed by the wider policy context, and how it will inform the ongoing activities of the Authority and other landowners within the Park. The following section briefly describes the content of the various documents identified.

3.1 Core Park Development Framework Documents

Vision, Aims and Principles

The Vision, Aims and Principles document sets out the overarching strategic framework within which specific proposals will be developed.

Objectives and Proposals

Objectives and proposals for the future management and development of the Park will be produced in two complementary documents. These focus on:

Thematic Proposals

This document will set out the range of objectives and proposals throughout the Park for each of our six strategic aims, i.e. Visitors, Sport and Recreation, Biodiversity, Community, Landscape and Heritage, Environment.

Draft thematic proposals were consulted on in late 2009 and early 2010, and prompted a wide range of comments. These draft thematic proposals will be further refined in response to both the comments received and the ongoing refinement of area proposals.

Area Proposals

This document will set out in more detail where the range of thematic proposals will be delivered within the Park. Area proposal maps will cover all land within the Park boundary and will identify our long term aspirations for the future development and management of those areas.

It should be noted that much of the Park is owned and managed by others, so in many areas our proposals will provide guidance for planning authorities and landowners.

The preparation of area proposals will be undertaken through a phased process. Priority will be given to areas where significant change within or adjacent to the Park is proposed or anticipated.

3.2 Supporting Information

In addition to this Park Development Scheme there are a number of other documents that support the PDF. These documents perform a range of functions, variously describing the process being undertaken, providing a record of work completed, providing background information in support of decisions, or assessing the potential impacts of proposals.

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) outlines how we will involve our stakeholders and the wider community in the preparation of the PDF. The Authority adopted the current SCI in 2007 and we have been following the process set out in that document since that time. The PDF process has recently been extended and appropriate revisions to the SCI have been made to reflect those changes.

Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment

We are undertaking an assessment of the PDF to identify potential environmental, social and economic effects of proposals and policies. This assessment integrates two separate but complementary processes:

Sustainability Appraisal

This is a requirement of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, and is undertaken for all documents that form part of local planning authorities Local Development Framework. While the requirement to prepare a SA does not apply to our Park Development Framework, we have elected to undertake this appraisal to ensure that we, together with our partners and stakeholders, are able to fully assess the effects of our proposals.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

This is required by European law (EU Directive 2001/42/EC) to specifically address potential environmental impacts of plans, policies and programmes at an early stage of decision making.

Habitats Regulation Assessment

Habitats Regulation Assessment is required by regulation 85 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c) (Amendment) Regulations (2007). This assessment focuses on identifying any potential impacts of the PDF on the integrity of European protected conservation sites in or near the Park.

Baseline Report

A comprehensive understanding of the existing resources both within the Park and in the surrounding area provides important supporting information for proposals for the future. The Authority holds a range of baseline information within its Geographic Information System (GIS), and this provides a sound baseline for the preparation of proposals.

It is intended that a comprehensive baseline report will be prepared as part of the PDF process, as time and resources allow.

Other strategies, policies and plans

We have a number of existing strategies, policies and plans that provide specific direction for a range of delivery areas. Typical examples include:

  • Lee Valley Biodiversity Action Plan 2000
  • Sport and Leisure Policy 2002
  • Volunteers Strategy 2006

These provide important supporting information for a range of specific areas, and are reviewed over time alongside the development and operation of the PDF.

In addition, a number of areas where further strategy and policy development is required have been identified in the course of refining the PDF. These additional documents will be prepared as and when resources allow, and will inform future reviews of the PDF as appropriate.

Appendix A includes a full schedule of existing and proposed additional strategy and policy documents.

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