Terrestrial European Sites Mitigation SPD

Cornwall Council is consulting on the Terrestrial European Sites Mitigation Supplementary Planning Document (June 2017). The consultation runs from 12 June to 5pm 24 July 2017.

Terrestrial European Sites Mitigation SPD Consultation

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Cornwall Council is consulting on the Terrestrial European Sites Supplementary Planning Document (June 2017). The consultation runs from 12 June to 5pm 24 July 2017.  The consultation document is available below.

The consultation has now closed.

European designated sites have the highest level of environmental designation available in the UK. They are a network of nature conservation sites established under the EC Habitats and Birds Directives which includes Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) They are designated for their special features (habitats and/ or species) and must be protected and conserved. This is a duty of the Local Authority which is why we have produced a strategic approach for this work.

The SPD is linked to Policy 22 of the Cornwall Local Plan. Plans and policies must not harm the special features of a European site. Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Local Plan concluded that there could be harm to some European Sites in Cornwall due to increased recreation as there will be more people living n Cornwall and so numbers of people using the sites are likely to go up. The SPD sets out a strategic approach to the provision of mitigation  and monitoring for increased recreational impacts on terrestrial designated sites, with a programme of measures and a scale of contributions from development. This makes it easier for developers to make sure that their proposals will not harm a European Site and means that we can use the contributions to help protect the sites.