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Environment Policy S-BIO-3

Proposals must take account of the space required for coastal habitats where important in their own right and/or for ecosystem functioning and provision of goods and services. Proposals must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate for net loss of coastal habitat

Policy Considerations

1. Proposals must include evidence of the identification and assessment of the potential for the net loss of coastal habitat. Where there are gaps in the evidence they may need to provide specific evidence. This should include, but not be limited to, the following habitats:

  • salt marshes
  • intertidal mudflats
  • sand and shingle beaches
  • dunesĀ 
  • cliffs

2. Proposals must avoid, minimised or mitigate the indirect or direct impacts to coastal habitats in the South plan marine area. For example this could include, reductions in the duration and intensity of proposals and the co-location of activities (see S-CO-1), the use of sediment curtains to prevent siltation or, where a proposal is not permanent, taking steps to rehabilitate coastal habitats post decommissioning.
3. Proposals should include a map of the location of their activity in relation to coastal habitats.
4. Natural England can provide more information and advice on coastal habitats, and proposals should include any discussion or consultation with Natural England.