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POLICY 4B - NATURAL HERITAGE – National Sites

4B.1 The Council will protect, conserve and where appropriate enhance all Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as shown on the proposals map.

4B.2 Development on or likely to affect a SSSI will be subject to special scrutiny. 

4B.3 Development proposals which may have an adverse effect, direct or indirect, on a SSSI will not be permitted unless:

  1. The reason for development clearly outweighs the nature conservation value of the site itself and the national policy which safeguards such sites. 

4B.4 Where development is permitted under this exception the Council will seek the use of Planning Obligations to ensure the protection and enhancement of the site’s nature conservation interests and to ensure that there is no net loss of heritage value.

4B.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 lifetime of the plan in order to ensure that as a minimum there is no net loss of heritage value.

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