HRA report presents the results of the pre-screening stages of the HRA, setting out the evidence base and proposed methodology for undertaking the subsequent stages of the assessment.
Under the Habitats Regulations, where a plan or project is not directly connected with or necessary for the management of European/Ramsar sites, and where the possibility of a ‘likely significant effect’ on these sites cannot be excluded, either alone or in combination with other plans or projects, an Appropriate Assessment should be undertaken. Habitats Regulations Appraisal is a recognised step by step process which helps determine if there is a likely significant effect and identify if there is an ‘adverse effect on the integrity’ of a European/Ramsar site.
The pre-screening review has identified a total of 52 European/Ramsar sites as requiring further consideration. These initially ‘screened in’ sites are made up of 363 Special Areas of Conservation, 194 Special Protection Areas, 76 Ramsar sites, 3 Sites of Community Importance, 3 candidate Special Areas of Conservation and 13 proposed Special Protection Areas. These sites and associated interest features will be taken forward into the screening stages of the Habitats Regulations Appraisal.