Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats Regulations of the East of England RSS ( ECO)

RPS has recently completed an Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats Regulations of the draft East of England Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the Government Office for the East of England.


One of the main affects of the policies of the RSS was the impact these may have on water quality, water resources and flooding in the plan area and therefore they may adversely affect the designation of a large number of European designation habitat sites in the region.

The work formed the basis of The Secretary of State’s Further Proposed Changes Developed in Response to Assessments Required under the Habitats Directive of the East of England Plan.

Other RPS offices undertook the Appropriate Assessment of the policies of the RSS and there impact on noise quality, air quality, recreation and tourism making it a holistic and multi-disciplined assessment.

The main impact of the policies of the RSS includes:

·         Decreases in water quality due to an increase in urban runoff contaminated with pollutants or increases in sewage discharges;

·         Reduction in water resources in the region due to increase abstraction to meet to growth identified in the RSS;

·         Increased flooding due to development on the floodplain and increased surface water runoff because of urbanisation.

It was decided that it is possible to mitigate against the majority of these impacts, as there are plans, procedures and policies in place to reduce and remove the adverse impacts of the policies of the RSS.

For more information call: Tim Oliver on 00441291621821

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