Land Use Planning
This chapter deals with the auditing of land use planning policy, which is possibly the least well developed aspect of EA as currently practised. Conventionally the planning audit, if it occurs at all, focuses on reasonably discrete and identifiable issues that are amenable to some kind of measurement: for example, dereliction, the protection of the green belt, and the protection of urban green spaces from development. Any or all of these criteria may be important in particular circumstances. But the agenda has now broadened to embrace the whole gamut of planning policy. The chapter first describes this broader perspective and the reasons for adopting it, then explores some of the very real difficulties which the auditor is likely to have to confront. Subsequently the chapter deals with the land use SoE, PIA and RIP, including an urban and rural case study to help give form to the ideas.