Approach to certain International Nature Conservation Designations
The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (as amended) includes the requirement for the Council to consider the potential impact of development on certain nature conservation designations. This includes Special Protection Areas (SPA) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), which are designated for bird species and habitats and other species respectively. National guidance advises that Ramsar sites should be treated in the same way; these are designated for wetlands of international importance.
Information is provided below in relation to the Council’s approach in relation to specific issues arising for some of these designated sites. There are other international designations that may be affected by development across the Borough.Also there may be other ways that the below designations are effected by development.