Equality impact assessment (EIA)

Wyre Forest District Local Plan 2016-2036 Submission document

Last updated 03 February 2020

 

The assessment 

Directorate

Economic prosperity and place

New or existing service or policy?

New

Officer(s) completing the assessment

Kate Bailey

Director

Corporate director: Economic Prosperity and Place

Relevant cabinet member 

Cabinet member for Economic Regeneration, Planning and Capital Investments

What is the purpose? What are the outcomes?

The Local Plan determines a spatial strategy for new development and how much development, its location and of what type is required up until 2036. The document also considers what infrastructure will be needed to support the proposed development. The proposals in the document have already been subject to statutory public consultation and will be subject to a full program of public examination as part of the adoption process once it has been submitted to the Secretary of State.

Are there any statutory requirements?

Yes. The Council has a statutory duty to develop a Local Plan and conduct a regular review. This Local Plan has gone out to full public consultation throughout the various stages of the plan under Regulation 18, 19 and in line with the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement.

Who are the main customer groups / stakeholders?

All residents and organisations have had an opportunity to comment on the proposals at the various consultation events or in writing.

Who is intended to benefit from this service/policy? How will they benefit?

All residents, businesses, stakeholders and visitors.

What information are you using? What does the evidence show you?

Research has been undertaken to inform the Plan including an Objective Assessment of Housing Need, Green Belt review, Viability Study, Sustainability Appraisal  etc. This forms part of an extensive evidence base which also includes the identification of housing needs and requirements for both housing and employment sites.

What impact does the service / policy / project have on the protected characteristics as defined by the Public Sector Equality Duty 2010?

Characteristic Impact and evidence

Age

Impact on people of all ages, inc younger and older people

Positive. The policy aims to assist all households through meeting housing and economic growth but will include provision of specialist housing including residential care and Extra Care that is suitable for older people.

Disability

Impact on people with disabilities, inc physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health issues and long-term limiting illnesses
Positive. The policy aims to assist all households through meeting housing and economic growth but will include provision of specialist housing.

Gender

Impact on people of different genders, inc transgender / gender reassignment
No adverse differential impact.

Sexual orientation

Impact on people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual
No adverse differential impact.

Religion or belief

Impact on people who practise different religions or have different beliefs (inc non- belief)
No adverse differential impact.

Race

Impact on different ethnic groups, inc migrant communities and Gypsies/Roma/Travellers

Potential adverse differential impact for Gypsy &Traveller (G&T) who may wish to live on G&T sites as opposed to bricks and mortar. A GTAA was undertaken in 2014 which projected through to 2036 being the and of the Plan period, but it is recognised that this does need to be refreshed and that such refresh will be undertaken during 2020. 

Currently there are not any sites allocated in the Local Plan as there isn’t any need based on current evidence until after 2024/29.

Other

e.g.  Deprivation, health inequalities, urban/rural divide, community safety, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity.

No adverse differential impact. There are potentially some positive benefits around health inequalities through the proposed policies to tackle hot food takeaways located in close proximity to schools.

Review

Can any differential impact be justified? (e.g. promoting equality of opportunity)

G&TA have the opportunity to bring forward sites through the usual Development Management Process. Over the last 3 years 8 pitches have been brought forward utilising this mechanism.

Does any adverse impact amount to unlawful discrimination?

No

What alternative actions could be taken to mitigate any adverse impact? (add these to the action plan)

Undertake a new G&T assessment of housing needs. This will identify if there is any unmet need during the plan period and will enable the Council to provide the Inspector with an updated position.

Consultation

Detail any specific consultation on this service/policy (if there is insufficient data, further consultation will need to be undertaken and included in the action plan)

Consultation was undertaken during the development of the plan and Issues and Options stage and then again under Regulation 18 and 19 duties. The lack of an allocated site for G&T was not raised by any responders. Further work directly involving G&T communities will be undertaken as part of the G&T assessment.

Conclusion

Can the service/policy proceed?

Yes the Plan is considered ‘sound’

How will the service/policy be monitored and reviewed? (please give timescale)

The Local Plan policies will be reviewed at examination stage.

EIA signed by Kate Bailey on 30/01/2020 and agreed by Mike Parker 30/01/2020.

Action plan

Impact Action required Lead officer Timescale Comments
Race Undertake a G&T assessment Kate Bailey  By September 2020

Action plan to be reviewed January 2021.