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 

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 in the summary section of the form below.
 Please contact for advice.












Title of proposal

York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership Strategy 2021-26

Brief description of proposal

To adopt the new York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership Strategy 2021-26



Service area


Lead officer

Fiona Ancell

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


Date impact assessment started

17 May 2021






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.




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

Please explain briefly why this will be the result, detailing estimated savings or costs where this is possible.


There will be no impact on Council budgets. Will require current officer time to be maintained.




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 safer roads and safer people themes of the strategy should encourage more walking and cycling and less vehicles journeys, which will reduce vehicle emissions.


Enforcement of speed limits. Education and engagement programmes. Develop safer road network more attractive and suitable for pedestrians and cyclists. Monitoring of collision causations with view to negate any road layout contributory factors.

Emissions from construction







Emissions from running of buildings














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







Reduce water consumption







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





More walking, cycling and better-maintained vehicles via safer vehicles theme, together with reductions in vehicle speeds will reduce air pollution from vehicles.


Enforcement of speed limits. Education and engagement programmes. Monitoring of collision causations. Develop safer road network more attractive and suitable for pedestrians and cyclists.

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.



It is anticipated that the proposal will have a positive impact on reducing carbon emissions in the county.



Sign off section


This climate change impact assessment was completed by:



Fiona Ancell

Job title

Team Leader, Road Safety

Service area





Fiona Ancell

Completion date



Authorised by relevant Assistant Director (signature): Barrie Mason