Habitats Regulations Appraisal
The Council must consider whether the LDP is likely to have a significant effect on any European Site (also known as ‘Natura 2000’ Sites) directly or indirectly either alone, or in combination with other plans and projects. This process is known as Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA).
European sites are Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) which are designated because of their species and habitats, Special Protection Areas (SPAs) which are designated for the protection of birds, and Ramsar Sites designated as Wetland Sites of International importance.
When the HRA is undertaken, if any significant effect is identified, avoidance measures should be considered and adopted. If, following these measures, any significant effect is still likely, a full ‘Appropriate Assessment’ must be undertaken.
There are three SACs that lie partly within Neath Port Talbot:
- Crymlyn Bog (which is also a Ramsar Site), which lies at the centre of the Swansea Bay urban area and extends into the City & County of Swansea.
- Kenfig, located at the mouth of the River Kenfig and extends into Bridgend County Borough.
- Coedydd Nedd a Mellte, which lies in a remote valley above Pontneddfechan near Glynneath, and extends into the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The HRA has assessed whether the Plan is likely to have a significant effect on any European Sites directly or indirectly either alone, or in combination with other plans and projects.
The final HRA Report comprises four separate documents, all of which are available to view or download from the links below:
Habitats Regulations Appraisal of the Local Development Plan (August 2013)
Habitats Regulations Appraisal – Appendices (August 2013)
Habitats Regulations Appraisal: Assessment of Proposed Focussed Changes (September 2014)
Habitats Regulations Appraisal of Proposed Matters Arising Changes (January 2016)