The hazardous waste national policy statement (NPS) sets out the strategic need and justification of government policy for the provision of nationally significant infrastructure for hazardous waste. It will be used to guide decisions made by the Planning Inspectorate on applications for development consent for such infrastructure.
Article 9(1) (b) of the EU Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive requires that when a plan or programme is adopted, it should be accompanied by a statement summarising:
- how environmental considerations have been integrated into the plan or programme;
- how the environmental report has been taken into account;
- how opinions expressed in response to public consultations on the draft plan or programme and the environmental report have been taken into account; and
- the reasons for choosing the plan or programme, as adopted, in the light of other reasonable alternatives dealt with.
The appraisal of sustainability post-adoption statement fulfills this requirement.