Portfolio Holder – Councillor Carole Jones
A draft Suffolk Coast European Sites Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (hereinafter referred to as the Suffolk Coast RAMS SPD) has been prepared, to support the implementation of the Habitats Regulations Assessment Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) for Ipswich Borough, Babergh District, Mid-Suffolk District and East Suffolk Councils – Technical Report (Appendix 3), which is simplified to ‘the Strategy’ throughout this report.
The Strategy is a means by which new residential growth can be delivered, whilst at the same time adequately protecting Suffolk’s coastal, estuarine and heathland European wildlife sites from harm that could otherwise occur because of increased recreation pressure caused through new residential development.
The Suffolk Coast RAMS SPD summarises the requirements of the Strategy for developers and others and provides a framework for implementing those provisions.
The report seeks authorisation from Executive to publish the draft Suffolk Coast European Sites Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy Supplementary Planning Document for public consultation.
24.1 Councillor Jones introduced the report, noting that the draft Supplementary Planning Document had been jointly produced by Ipswich Borough, Babergh District, Mid-Suffolk District and East Suffolk Councils. It was proposed to consult on the draft document, including consulting on the proposed tariff which would equate to £121.89 per new dwelling in Ipswich. Councillor Jones explained that this tariff would save developers from significant amounts of exploratory work and so represented good value.
It was RESOLVED:
a) that Option 1, paragraph 4.1 of the report, be approved for public consultation on the draft Suffolk Coast European Sites Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy Supplementary Planning Document for at least six weeks starting in July 2019.
Reason: To formalise the status of the Strategy and ensure that new residential development adequately mitigates for its potential effects on European designated sites.
b) that the Planning and Development Operations Manager be authorised to make minor changes to the wording or layout of the draft Supplementary Planning Document up to the start of the consultation period, provided that the changes do not materially alter the meaning of the consultation documents.
Reason: Prior to the start of the consultation period, officers may identify areas where the document could be improved in wording and layout without affecting its meaning. This recommendation will provide the Planning and Development Operations Manager with the ability to undertake any such changes.