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Essex Coast RAMS

What is the Essex Coast RAMS Supplementary Planning Document?

Twelve local authorities* in Essex have been working together to produce the Essex Coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This was developed to mitigate the impact of increasing recreational disturbances to the sensitive Habitats sites on the Essex Coast, which has increased as a result of additional residential development and population increase. All new residential developments within the evidenced Zone of Influence where there is a net increase in dwelling numbers are included in the Essex Coast RAMS, and new development is required to pay a levy to help fund mitigation projects to protect Habitats (see ‘Retail Price and the RAMS Tariff’, under ‘Related Content’). 
The RAMS SPD was adopted in October 2020 and can be viewed in ‘Related Content’, along with the current RAMS tariff for developers.

For more information about the scheme, you can visit Bird Aware Essex Coast.

*The following Essex local authorities are signatories to the RAMS SPD: 

  • Basildon Borough Council
  • Braintree District Council
  • Brentwood Borough Council
  • Castle Point District Council
  • Chelmsford City Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Maldon District Council, Rochford Borough Council
  • Southend-on-Sea City Council
  • Tendring District Council
  • Thurrock Council
  • Uttlesford District Council