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POLICY 4A - NATURAL HERITAGE – International Sites

4A.1 The Council will protect, conserve and where appropriate enhance the South Pennine Moors, Special Area for Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Area (SPA) as shown on the proposals map.

4A.2 Development which may affect a SAC or SPA will be subject to the most rigorous examination.

4A.3 Development, not connected with (or necessary to) the management of the site for nature conservation, will not be permitted unless:

  1. There is no alternative solution AND;
  2. There are imperative reasons of over-riding public interest.

4A.4 In addition, where a site hosts a priority natural habitat and/or species, development will not be permitted unless:

  1. It is necessary for reasons of human health or public safety OR;
  2. For beneficial consequences of primary importance for nature conservation.

4A.5 The same level of protection will also be afforded to any new sites or areas which are designated by the appropriate agencies during the life time of the Plan.

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