Climate change impact assessment                                                                                                                                                                                                           


The purpose of this assessment is to help us understand the likely impacts of our decisions on the environment of North Yorkshire and on our aspiration to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2030, or as close to that date as possible. The intention is to mitigate negative effects and identify projects which will have positive effects.


This document should be completed in consultation with the supporting guidance. The final document will be published as part of the decision making process and should be written in Plain English.


If you have any additional queries which are not covered by the guidance please email 


Version 2: amended 11 August 2021

Please note: You may not need to undertake this assessment if your proposal will be subject to any of the following: 
 Planning Permission
 Environmental Impact Assessment
 Strategic Environmental Assessment
 However, you will still need to summarise your findings in the summary section of the form below.
 Please contact for advice.












Title of proposal

School Organisation

Brief description of proposal

Proposal to Close Skelton Newby Hall CE VC School


Children and Young People’s Service

Service area

Strategic Planning

Lead officer

Andrew Dixon

Names and roles of other people involved in carrying out the impact assessment

Sue Turley

Date impact assessment started

27 02 2023






Options appraisal

Were any other options considered in trying to achieve the aim of this project? If so, please give brief details and explain why alternative options were not progressed.


The consultation on a proposal to close the school has only been initiated because all other options to secure a sustainable future for the school had been exhausted. The full details of the situation leading to this closure proposal and the other options that were investigated are contained with the report to Executive that this document is an appendix to.


In summary no sustainable option to keep the school open alone or in partnership could be identified.


What impact will this proposal have on council budgets? Will it be cost neutral, have increased cost or reduce costs?


Any annual savings to the Dedicated Schools Grant arising from the closure, if approved, would remain within the ring-fenced Dedicated Schools Grant as part of the funding for all schools. Any surplus revenue or capital balances would be allocated in line with the Closing School Accounting Policy.


If the school closed, there could be a potential additional cost to the Local Authority in providing transport to other schools. Free home to school transport would be provided for entitled pupils in accordance with the revised catchment area arrangements in accordance with the County Council’s Home to School transport policy.






How will this proposal impact on the environment?

N.B. There may be short term negative impact and longer term positive impact. Please include all potential impacts over the lifetime of a project and provide an explanation.

Positive impact

(Place a X in the box below where relevant)

No impact

(Place a X in the box below where relevant)

Negative impact

(Place a X in the box below where relevant)

Explain why will it have this effect and over what timescale?


Where possible/relevant please include:

·      Changes over and above business as usual

·      Evidence or measurement of effect

·      Figures for CO2e

·      Links to relevant documents

Explain how you plan to mitigate any negative impacts.


Explain how you plan to improve any positive outcomes as far as possible.

Minimise greenhouse gas emissions e.g. reducing emissions from travel, increasing energy efficiencies etc.


Emissions from travel




The issue of school transport is difficult to analyse as parental preference and parental behaviour plays a large role in the level of emissions from travel. For schools located within walking distance some parents may choose to drive their children to school each day. Many schools operate travel plans which encourage low carbon transport options such as walking and cycling.


In the particular case of the proposed closure of Skelton Newby Hall CE VC there may be some pupils who have previously walked whose parents may choose to drive them to schools further afield. This could lead to an increase in vehicular travel.

Neighbouring schools will be encouraged and supported to develop sustainable travel plans.

Schools will continue to encourage sustainable methods of transport where safe and possible. For example by encouraging lift sharing, walking to school as part of developing their travel plans.

Emissions from construction







Emissions from running of buildings




The local authority would cease to operate the Skelton Newby Hall CE VC Primary School premises and the pupils would be accommodated at existing local establishments with no additional running costs.



Emissions from data storage




The data storage for Skelton Newby Hall CE VC  School as a separate institution would not be required going forward.










Minimise waste: Reduce, reuse, recycle and compost e.g. reducing use of single use plastic




There will be a general reduction in the use of resources of all kinds due to the current Skelton Newby Hall CE VC School pupils being accommodated in existing establishments and Skelton Newby Hall Primary School’s consumption of resources ceasing.



Reduce water consumption




The water consumption required to operate Skelton Newby Hall CE VC School as an establishment would no longer be required and is therefore removed from the NYCC carbon footprint.



Minimise pollution (including air, land, water, light and noise)





The pollution created by the Skelton Newby Hall CE VC Primary School heating system would be removed from the NYCC carbon footprint.



Ensure resilience to the effects of climate change e.g. reducing flood risk, mitigating effects of drier, hotter summers







Enhance conservation and wildlife








Safeguard the distinctive characteristics, features and special qualities of North Yorkshire’s landscape









Other (please state below)










Are there any recognised good practice environmental standards in relation to this proposal? If so, please detail how this proposal meets those standards.







Summary Summarise the findings of your impact assessment, including impacts, the recommendation in relation to addressing impacts, including any legal advice, and next steps. This summary should be used as part of the report to the decision maker:


This proposal has positive and negative environmental impacts. The positive impacts will be a reduction in energy usage associated with a whole establishment  ceasing to be used. This would include reductions in heating, lighting and water usage. However, there may be a negative impact associated with some increased use of vehicles to transport the pupils to and from other schools. Ultimately there is an overriding consideration in this proposal to provide the best outcome for the education of children in the local area and no other educationally sustainable option has been identified.


The school site itself is owned by the Skelton Newby Hall Estate.

















Sign off section


This climate change impact assessment was completed by: John Lee



Sue Turley

Job title

Strategic Planning Officer

Service area

Strategic Planning




Amanda Newbold

Completion date



Authorised by relevant Assistant Director (signature): A Newbold


Date: 9/3/2023