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Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy (encompassing Deep Water Plan Options) - Strategic Habitat Regulations Appraisal: Pre-Screening Report

Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy (encompassing Deep Water Plan Options) - Strategic Habitat Regulations Appraisal: Pre-Screening Report

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ISBN: 9781788519632

The HRA pre-screening 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.

Executive Summary

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.