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Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) - Revised Proposed Submission 2016

Representation ID: 2881

Received: 14/12/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We note that the Habitat Regulations Assessment -Screening Report (draft) dated June 2016 is still described as a Scoping Report. It is in fact a Screening Report - as previously advised on 26 January 2016 (our ref 174743) and 19 August 2016 (our ref: 191786). We note that the data presented in Table 1 - Conservation Objectives and Designated Features of European Sites on the Condition of the SSSIs has now been updated to accurately reflect the current condition of these sites. We also welcome the inclusion of the Southend-on-Sea Shoreline Strategy Plan following our advice of 26 January 2016.
Several of the Policies may result in additional development and/or intensification close to the European sites (particularly Benfleet and Southend Marshes SPA and Ramsar site). Notwithstanding this, Natural England is generally supportive of the HRA 'Scoping Report' and concurs with its conclusions that "the SCAAP, in conjunction with the Southend on Sea Core Strategy and related documents, will not have a significant effect on European sites".
NOTE The Thames Estuary 2100 Project table showing the Recommended Preferred Options for PMU Action Zones 8 & 6 contains duplicated information (pp 43-45 of the pdf).

Full text:

Thank you for your consultation on the above which was received by Natural England on 03 November 2016.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
We responded on 11 July 2011 on the Draft Southend Central Area Action Plan and associated HRA Screening Report (our ref 27040) and supplied comments online to the Central Area Action Plan - Proposed Submission on 17 October 2011 (our ref 33069). We also responded on 26 January 2016 on the Preferred Approach Option 2015 (our ref 176229).
While you have provided a Representation Form, we are providing comments below in the same format as that form in order to expedite this response: