Chelmsford City Council

Essex Coast RAMS

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.


Developer contributions

Pay your RAMS contribution

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 are writing a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to distil the strategy into a practical document for use by councils, developers and the public.

We plan to consult on the draft SPD in late 2019 or early 2020. We will provide further information here when it is available.

For more information about the scheme, you can visit Bird Aware Essex Coast.

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