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Terrestrial European Sites Mitigation SPD

European Sites Mitigation SPD

Forthcoming consultation.

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Cornwall Council will be consulting on the following documents in March 2020:

  • Adoption draft (second consultation) of the Terrestrial European Sites SPD
  • Initial consultation draft of the Marine and Estuarine European Sites SPD

Terrestrial European Sites Supplementary Planning Document Consultation - Closed.

Cornwall Council consulted on the Terrestrial European Sites Supplementary Planning Document during Summer 2017. The consultation document are available below.

What is a European Designated Site?

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.

What does the European Sites SPD do?

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 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.