Salim Vohra
LTP2, SEAs and Health

research: health, local transport plan, strategic environmental assessment

Local Transport Plans 2, Strategic Environmental Assessments and Health

Peter Brett Associates, 2006

This paper presents the early findings of a review of the health component of Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) carried out on the Second Local Transport Plans 2006- 2011 (LTP2s) for sixteen local authorities in England.

Our findings show that human health was considered in LTP2 environmental reports and of those examined there was broad consensus on some key public health themes in relation to transport networks and infrastructure.

Key among these was the recognition of the need to improve community health and reduce health inequalities, in particular, through improving accessibility for individual’s and communities to healthier and more sustainable forms of transport.

We have only been able to examine five of our key objectives to date. These are:

  • examining what the SEA Directive and UK guidance says in relation to human health;
  • carrying out a rapid overview analysis of LTP2 environmental reports available online;
  • examine what, if any, definition of health was used;
  • undertake a keyword analysis of 16 English LTP2 environmental reports (ERs); and
  • analyse the SEA objectives of 16 English LTP2 ERs in relation to health.

LTP 2, SEAs and Health methodology excel spreadsheet

Peter Brett Associates, 2006