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Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS)

Basildon Borough Council is one of twelve partner local planning authorities working together in the Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS)

On Thursday, 22nd October 2020, Basildon Borough Council formally adopted the Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The SPD is now a material consideration in the determination of relevant planning applications within Basildon Borough.

Basildon Borough Council is one of twelve partner local planning authorities who are working together through the Duty to Co-operate, along with the statutory body Natural England, on the RAMS. The RAMS sets out the necessary measures to avoid and mitigate bird and habitat disturbance occurring from recreational activities on Natura 2000 designated sites along the Essex Coast, which are a result of an increasing residential population due to new housebuilding across the County.

The purpose of the RAMS SPD is to set out guidance that will apply when determining planning applications for new housing development, which includes a financial contribution of £127.30 per dwelling (for the financial year 2020/21). The RAMS SPD was the subject of public consultation between January and February 2020, and has since been revised in response to the comments received. A supporting consultation report titled 'You Said, We Did' has been produced which outlines consultation arrangements, responses, the main issues raised and the resulting proposed amendments to the SPD.

Chelmsford City Council will manage and administer all the developer contributions towards RAMS on behalf of all the Essex authorities by acting as the accountable body for a period of three years, following the ratification of a 'Partnership Agreement'.

The RAMS SPD and associated documentation is set out in the following downloadable documents:

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