Habitat Regulations Assessment

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Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2017) sets out the rules and protection for European designated sites including Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and RAMSAR sites. The legislation requires that any plan or project must be considered for the impacts it may have on these protected sites. Projects will go through a screening process and any plans or projects that are expected to impact on a European-designated site are legally required to undergo an appropriate assessment. This is the process known as a ‘Habitat Regulations Assessment’.

Some projects that may trigger the requirement for a Habitat Regulations Assessment include housing developments that will increase recreational pressure on protected sites, projects impacting on waterbodies, increased pollution, or projects that may impact species or habitats within the designated sites.

Our location near the south coast by the Solent & Southampton Water SPA has enabled us to work on various projects requiring a Habitat Regulations Assessment and we can lead you through the assessment process to obtain planning permission and keep you progressing on your project.

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Simplifying the HRA Process

We want to make the HRA process as easy as possible for you. Our approach to successfully completing HRAs is simple:

  • Screening – we offer advice and let you know if you are likely to require an HRA based on the scope of your project or plans
  • Early and continuous consultation with stakeholders such as Natural England and local council authorities
  • Identify and evaluate the significance of likely impacts on any designated sites
  • Design appropriate mitigation to demonstrate how we will avoid any adverse impacts to the designated sites and obtain approval to move forward with the project

Contact us to discuss to discuss your project with one of our senior ecologists now.

Our Experience

Ecosupport has successfully completed Habitat Regulations Assessments for multiple projects in the UK including multiple large housing developments. With strong stakeholder connections and expert knowledge, we can get your project moving forward with a positive outcome.