Draft - Sustainable Access and Recreation Management Strategy (SARMS)

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Draft - Sustainable Access and Recreation Management Strategy (SARMS)

This document has been produced jointly for Rother and Folkestone & Hythe District Councils and is now out for consultation.

How to respond

The consultation is a joint exercise being administered by Folkestone & Hythe District Council and any comments should be submitted by 24 August 2018 via their website.

Background

The need to prepare a "sustainable access strategy" for the Natura 2000 sites that straddle the two Councils' areas was identified within the respective Local Plan Core Strategies and supporting Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA). The Dungeness Complex of 'Natura 2000' sites comprises three overlapping international designations - the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site, and the Dungeness Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The draft strategy addresses recreational pressure and provides a strategic, cross-boundary approach to issues relating to disturbance, to ensure that any increases in access and recreational usage resulting from the planning policies of either Council do not adversely impact on the integrity of these internationally important wildlife sites, and proposes supporting actions to ensure sensitive management of recreation and access for the Dungeness complex of sites.

The draft strategy comprises a main report and 4 supporting documents, available to download below:

 

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