How can we protect Essex’s coastal habitats sites?

Date: 
Friday, January 17, 2020

A consultation has been launched into how we can protect Essex’s coastal habitats sites through the planning system.

Rochford District Council is one of 12 local planning authorities involved in the Essex Coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance & Mitigation Strategy (RAMS), along with Essex County Council and Natural England.  This initiative seeks to raise awareness of the birds that feed and breed on the Essex coast, so that people can enjoy the coast and its wildlife without disturbing the birds.

The partnership is now seeking views on the Essex Coast RAMS Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which sets out how the twelve authorities will avoid and mitigate the effects of increased recreational disturbance on habitats sites along the Essex Coast, through the planning system.

To take part go to  https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/place-services/the-essex-coast-rams-spd/ by 21 February 2020.

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “We are incredibly lucky in Essex to have 350 miles of coastline, one of the longest shorelines of any county in England.

“This includes many rich and diverse environments, such as at the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project in the Rochford District, a landmark conservation scheme on a scale never before attempted in the UK.

“Rochford District Council is therefore a key partner in the Essex Coast RAMS, and I would therefore urge our local residents and businesses to take part in this consultation and make their views known.”