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

DescriptionThe 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.
ISBN9781788519632
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJune 13, 2018

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ISBN 978 1 78851 963 2 (web only publication)
PPDAS 425006

This document is also available in pdf format (3.4MB)
The respondent information form and consultation questionnaire are available in Word format (153KB)

Contents

Non-Technical Summary

1 Introduction

1.1 Purpose

1.2 Background

1.3 Plan Development Process

1.4 Report Structure

2 Approach to HRA

2.1 Legislative Context

2.2 Adherence to Key Guidance

2.3 Building on Previous Plan-level HRAs

2.4 Scope of Pre-screening

2.5 Consideration of Uncertainties

2.6 Precautionary Approach

3 Outcomes of Pre-Screening Stages of HRA

3.1 Stage 1 - Deciding Whether the Draft Plan is Subject to HRA

3.2 Impact Pathways Resulting From Offshore Wind Development

3.3 Stage 2 – Identifying the European/Ramsar Sites That Should be Considered in the Appraisal

3.4 Stage 3 – Gathering Information About the European/Ramsar Sites

4 Method and Scope of the Appraisal

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Screening Methodology

4.3 Habitats and Associated Species

4.4 Birds

4.5 Marine Mammals

4.6 Migratory Fish and Freshwater Pearl Mussel

4.7 Otter

4.8 Bats

4.9 Assessment Methodology

4.10 Step 1: Impact Pathways Review

4.11 Step 2: Identify Activities to Which Features are Sensitive

4.12 Step 3: Activity Based Screening of European/Ramsar Sites

4.13 Step 4: Detailed Pathway Feature Sensitivity Review

4.14 Step 5: Assessment of Effects on European/Ramsar Sites

4.15 In-combination Assessment

5 Summary and Next Stages of the HRA

5.1 Pre-screening

5.2 Next Stages

6 References

7 Responding to this consultation

8 Respondent information form

Appendix A: Pre-screening Tables

Table A1: Generic impact pathways associated with the draft Plan

Table A2: Impact matrix for the draft Plan showing the activities, changes, standard sensitivities categories and affected features for each environmental impact pathway

Table A3: List of European/Ramsar sites and their interest features that were identified following the pre-screening review

Cont... Table A3: List of European/Ramsar sites and their interest features that were identified following the pre-screening review

Cont... Table A3: List of European/Ramsar sites and their interest features that were identified following the pre-screening review

Cont... Table A3: List of European/Ramsar sites and their interest features that were identified following the pre-screening review

Table

Table 1: Is the Plan subject to HRA?

Figures

Figure 1: Floating wind foundation typologies

Figure 2: Sectoral marine planning process

Figure 3: Areas of Search for future offshore wind development

Figure 4: Key stages of plan-level HRA process for plans

Figure 5: Pre-screening buffer zone used to identify relevant European/Ramsar sites

Figure 6: Location of SACs/cSACs/SCIs within the pre-screening buffer zone

Figure 7: Location of SPAs/pSPAs within the pre-screening buffer zone

Figure 8: Location of Ramsar sites within the pre-screening buffer zone

Figure 9: Tidal ellipse distances in the UK

Figure 10: Bottlenose dolphin Management Units

Figure 11: Harbour porpoise Management Units

Figure 12: Location and extent of coastal regions for screening fish qualifying interest features