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POLICY QL16 - Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)

  1. Proposals for development likely to affect, or likely to result in an unacceptable risk of an adverse effect, on a designated or proposed Site of Special Scientific Interest will be subject to special scrutiny. The District Council will adopt a precautionary approach in the determination of planning applications and proposals will not be considered unless the full impact of a scheme can be assessed. Where development would have an adverse impact on the integrity of a site it will not be permitted unless;
    1. the reasons for the development outweigh the impact on the importance of the site and the need to safeguard the nature conservation value of the national network of such sites; and
    2. it can be satisfactorily demonstrated that there are no reasonable alternative sites or solutions to accommodate the development proposed.
  2. Where development is permitted, damage will be required to be kept to an absolute minimum and where habitat is destroyed, appropriate compensatory measures will be required.

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