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Social and Cultural Policy S-SOC-1

Proposals must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts resulting in displacement of other existing or authorised (but yet to be implemented) activities that generate social benefits.

Policy Considerations

1. Proposals should identify what types of activities provide social benefits within the proposal area and provide evidence which illustates how a potential activity may or may not impact the provision of the benefits.
2. Proposals should avoid causing the displacement of activities which generate social benefits. If it is not possible to avoid they should be minimised or mitigated. Proposals should include how this will be achieved. For example:

  • minimise: adjusting the area used or the times of the day or  year when activities are operating
  • mitigate:  moving the activity or proving support for new activities that generate similar social benefits

3. Organsations that can help identify displacement issues and suggest measures to avoid, minimise or mitigate them include:

  • local councils
  • central government departments (eg DCMS/Visit England), 
  • recreation sector groups (eg Royal Yachting Association)