What are the steps and timescales involved in the appraisal process for Review and Assessment reports, Air Quality Action Plans and Action Plan Progress Reports? How may a local authority track their reports through the appraisal process?

01/02/2011

(A) LAQM Reports submitted via the Report Submission Website (Updating and Screening Assessments, Progress Reports, AQAP Progress Reports, Detailed Assessments, Further Assessments, and associated correspondence)

Upon uploading a report on the Report Submission Website (here) the local authority will receive confirmation stating that the report has been submitted and has been received by the relevant Appraisal Team at TTR/TRL. If an appraisal response or contact from the Appraisal Team has not been received within the specified time scale (or indeed at any stage within the appraisal period), the local authority may contact Defra and the Devolved Administrations (or the Appraisal Team) for a progress update.

Figure 1 outlines the steps and timescales involved in both the Review and Assessment and Air Quality Action Plan Progress Report appraisal processes for local authorities using the Report Submission Website.

Figure 1: RSW submissions – steps and timescales
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(B) AQAP Reports (and associated correspondence) submitted as hardcopy or via email to Defra and the Devolved Administrations.

Upon the receipt of a report from a local authority, Defra and the Devolved Administrations[1] send the point of contact within the local authority (the local authority is responsible for ensuring that their contact details are up to date) an email stating that the report has been received and has been forwarded to the Appraisal Team TTR/TRL. If an appraisal response or contact from the relevant Appraisal Team has not been received within the specified time scale (or indeed at any stage within the appraisal period), the local authority may contact Defra and the Devolved Administrations (or the Appraisal Team) for a progress update.

Figure 2 outlines the steps and timescales involved in both the Review and Assessment and Air Quality Action Plan appraisal processes for local authorities submitting reports as hard-copy or via email to Defra and the Devolved Administrations.

Figure 2: Hard copy and email submissions – steps and timescales
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Table 1 outlines the timescales for Review and Assessment (taken from Technical Guidance LAQM.TG(09)).

Table 1: Timescales for Review and Assessment reporting 
Timetable for Review and Assessment Reporting 


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