Habitats Regulations Assessment (Appropriate Assessment)

When a proposed development or plan is likely to have a ‘significant effect’ on a Special Protection Area (SPA), Special Area of Conservation (SAC) or Ramsar site (known collectively as Natura 2000 sites), the relevant Competent (consenting) Authority is legally required to undertake a Habitats Regulations Assessment before it can determine the application.

The process of HRA involves an initial ‘Screening’ stage, which filters out proposals that do not need further consideration followed, if proposals are likely to have a significant (adverse) impact on the Natura 2000 site, by an Appropriate Assessment.

The information that the Competent Authority needs to inform this process is supplied by the applicant.

At Landmark, we can offer an early steer on whether Habitats Regulations Assessment is likely to be required and screen projects for likely significant effects. If Appropriate Assessment is required, we will then scope the level of information likely to be needed, prepare any necessary reports and consult with the Competent Authority. Should an Appropriate Assessment find that significant adverse effects are likely, we can either assist our client with scheme amendment to avoid the effects or prepare strategies to address them.

For more information and to discuss the requirements of your site or project