A Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) is employed by authorities to assess whether a project or development is likely to result in significant impacts to a European site designated for its nature conservation importance.
These sites can include both terrestrial and marine Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Areas (SPA) for wild birds.
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As ecological consultants, Maydencroft is often appointed to collate information for an HRA. The first stage of this usually involves the production of a screening report based on an initial site walkover and a detailed desk study, known as an ‘Appropriate Assessment’. The Appropriate Assessment identifies any potential impacts, and determines the requirement for a full HRA.
When an HRA is required, comprehensive analysis of projected impacts such as recreational pressure, discharges to watercourses, noise, air and light pollution and disturbance to habitats and wildlife takes place.
Maydencroft ecologists often draw from a close network of associates with prestige in other environmental disciplines, to provide the most actual and reliable account possible for the competent authority. Where impacts to European sites are a possible risk, the HRA may form a vital step towards ultimately attaining consent for a project.
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