Disproportionate burden assessment for the draft Active Travel and draft Climate Change SPDs


The Local Plan Committee has agreed to publish the draft Active Travel and draft Climate Change Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) for public consultation. It is a statutory requirement that SPDs are published on the council's website during the consultation period. The SEA/HRA screening opinion is also published on the website for transparency.

Benefits of creating an accessible version

The benefits of creating a HTML version of this PDF would be:
  • a fully accessible version for all users to access
  • an easily searchable and indexable version

Burden placed on the organisation

We have estimated that it would take a disproportionate amount of a content designer's time to create a HTML version of these PDFs.

Contributing factors

Other factors relevant to this decision are:
  • The SPDs will be available in a HTML format through the council's online consultation portal.
  • We will continue to assist with accessible versions on request.


Having considered the estimated effort involved in creating an accessible version, along with the low estimated demand, we have concluded that the work involved would be a poor use of staff time. This represents a disproportionate burden on the organisation.

View the draft Climate Change SPDs

If you need any of the information from the PDF provided in another format, contact planning.policy@colchester.gov.uk.

Page last reviewed: 14 August 2023


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