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Strategic Environmental Assessments

As part of its stated commitment to protecting the environment the Government decided to carry out an environmental assessment of the revocation of the existing regional strategies, on a voluntary basis. It is the Government's clear policy intention to revoke existing regional strategies outside London, but this is subject to the outcome of environmental assessments and will not be undertaken until the Secretary of State and Parliament have had the opportunity to consider the findings of the assessments.

We have undertaken voluntary Strategic Environmental Assessments to assess the environmental impacts of revoking each of the eight regional strategies. The Environmental Reports, including details on how to respond, are available below.


The Government is updating the earlier environmental reports on the proposed revocation of the regional strategies and undertaking additional consultation. A Written Ministerial Statement made by Baroness Hanham on 25 July 2012 sets out the background and explains why the reports are being updated.

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