Habitat Regulation Assessment
If your site is in close proximity to a European designated site you may need to carry out a Habitat Regulation Assessment in accordance with the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulation 2010 (as amended).
European designated sites include Special Protection Areas (SPAs); Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Ramsar sites (wetlands of international importance designated under the Ramsar Convention). These sites are designated and legally protected in recognition of the collection of important habitats and/or rare species they support.
The Regulations impose a duty on local authorities to follow a strictly defined procedure to ensure a plan or project will not adversely affect a European site.
Potential effects include increased recreational pressure/disturbance, and effects on air quality and water quality amongst others. There are however a number of mitigation measures that can be implemented in order to offset or avoid some of these potential effects.
We understand that this process is complex and are able to offer you specialist advice on the process and its implication for your development proposals.
For more information, contact Tim Spicer, or call 01622 776226