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Social and Cultural Policy S-SOC-1

Proposals that enhance or promote social benefits will be supported. Proposals must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts which result in the 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 on the provision of the benefits. Relevant supporting information should be included in proposals to demonstrate where a proposal enhances or promotes social benefits.  Adverse impacts must be addressed in addition to describing any positive impacts. Evidence in support of social benefits is not a substitute for avoiding, mitigating or minimising adverse impacts.

2. Proposals should avoid causing the displacement of activities which generate social benefits. If it is not possible to avoid displacement the effects 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)