Issue details

Draft Recreational Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) - Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Recreational Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy provides an evidence-based, co-ordinated and consistent approach to delivering the requirements of the Appropriate Assessment of the Adopted Local Plan (2011–2031). It has been prepared in conjunction with East Suffolk Authority, Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council. The Appropriate Assessment concluded that the Local Plan could be considered to be compliant with the Habitats Regulations 2010, provided that measures were secured to avoid and mitigate the impacts of increased recreation on the Orwell Estuary Special Protection Area for birds.


The draft SPD sets out how the Council will implement the strategy through the planning system and provide guidance on the use of Section 106 obligations to do this. This is proposed as a Joint SPD with East Suffolk Council. Although partners to the RAM Strategy, Babergh District Council are proceeding with the implementation of RAMS without an SPD until such time as the new joint Local Plan for Babergh Mid Suffolk is in place.


Approval of the draft RAMS SPD is sought for public consultation.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 10/04/2019

Decision due: 9 Jul 2019 by Executive

No change since last plan

Lead member: Portfolio Holder: Planning & Museums

Contact: Anna Roe Email: Tel: 01473 432000.

Consultation process

A ‘call for ideas’ consultation on the Recreational Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy SPD was held during June and July 2017.


The draft SPD will be subject to full consultation in accordance with the relevant regulations and the Statement of Community Involvement 2018 once approved as suitable to do so.


Portfolio Holder for Planning & Museums

Chief Operating Officer

Head of Development

Legal Services

Financial Services

Agenda items


  • Planning Practice Guidance;  

Background papers

  • Adopted Ipswich Local Plan, February 2017;  
  • Ipswich Local Development Scheme, February 2019;  
  • Statement of Community Involvement for Ipswich Review, March 2018;  
  • Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012;  
  • National Planning Policy Framework, February 2019;  
  • Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, as amended;  
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy for Ipswich Borough, Babergh District, Waveney District, Mid-Suffolk District and Suffolk Coastal District Councils – Technical Report