Habitat Regulations Assessment

Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)

Where a project has the potential to impact upon European protected sites such as, Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation or, International Ramsar sites, a Habitat Regulations Assessment will be required. The purpose of the assessment is to determine the potential for the project to have a significant adverse effect on the integrity of the protected site(s), either alone or in combination with nearby proposals. We have extensive experience with completing Habitat Regulations Assessments and identifying mitigation requirements to reduce or remove any likely significant effect.

Commercial Sector

We provide clients with a detailed assessment of likely significant effects on European/International protected sites as a result of a proposed development and where appropriate, make recommendations to the client for potential mitigation. The Habitat Regulations Assessment will therefore allow the Local Authority to meet their obligations as the competent authority and be satisfied that a project-level HRA has been undertaken and that no potential significant adverse effect has been identified.

Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) – Please don’t hesitate to contact us for detailed information

  • Analysis of European or International Statutory sites
  • Desk study and planning policy review
  • Identifying available baseline data to support the assessment and therefore any further survey requirements
  • Assessment of magnitude of impacts and significance of effects
  • Mitigation recommendations for the client to incorporate into the design and therefore the Habitat Regulations Assessment
  • Impact assessment: Construction and Operational
  • Residual impacts with mitigation in place
  • Determination of likely significant effect and therefore any requirements for progression to an appropriate assessment