We are working on a scheme to raise awareness of protected birds along the Essex coastline.
The scheme has resulted in the Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (Essex RAMS). This has been in partnership with Natural England and 11 other councils in Essex.
The strategy sets out a long-term strategic approach to lessen the impact of local housing development on protected birds along the Essex coast.
The Essex RAMS aims to prevent bird and habitat disturbance from recreational activities. It does this through a series of mitigation measures, which encourage all coastal visitors to enjoy their visits responsibly.
You can view the Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy.
We will fund the mitigation measures using payments from developers. Developers will need to pay if their new development is within a ‘Zone of Influence’ around a designated site. The strategy shows that almost all of our administrative area falls within the Zones of Influence.
We will collect the money via planning obligations that we secure using:
- S106 agreements
- unilateral undertakings
- up-front payments
Developers or applicants will pay their contribution when they start work.
Essex RAMS Supplementary Planning Document
We have published a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to support the strategy. It helps distil it into a practical document for use by councils, developers and the public.
We ran a consultation on the SPD from Friday 10 January to Friday 21 February 2020.
You can find out more about the consultation.
For more information about the scheme, you can visit Bird Aware Essex Coast.