Habitat Regulations Assessment

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Support

Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan

Representation ID: 7593

Received: 04/04/2019

Respondent: Natural England

Representation:

Policy RAMS1 Natural England supports the inclusion of an Essex RAMS policy which is consistent with the approach being taken within the Colchester Local Plan and its accompanying HRA.

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Support

Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan

Representation ID: 7594

Received: 04/04/2019

Respondent: Natural England

Representation:

Having reviewed the Habitats Regulations Assessment, Natural England agrees with the conclusion that the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood plan is unlikely to have likely significant effects on internationally designated sites when considered alone.
It has been identified that there are likely to be significant effects through recreational disturbance (to both species and habitats). Further assessment on this matter has been considered in-combination with other plans and projects which is consistent with Natural England's advice on the Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy. The assessment has identified that mitigation to these impacts will be provided in accordance with the emerging strategic solution, in particular through the requirement for residential developments to provide an appropriate financial contribution, which Natural England supports. Reference should also be made to the importance of on-site mitigation measures in addition to the off-site financial contribution as per our letter reference 244199 in providing adequate mitigation for these coastal designated sites. Natural England would otherwise agree that subject to the identified mitigation and emerging strategic solution, that this will be sufficient to avoid adverse effects on the integrity of the Essex coast designated sites.

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