If your development will have an adverse effect on a European nature conservation area, you are required to make a contribution to mitigate the impacts it has on these sites in accordance with Local Plan Policy ENV1.
The New Forest European and Solent Coast European sites include European nature conservation designations such as Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). The list of the affected European sites is listed in Policy ENV1.
These sites are all protected by legislation and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 ('Habitats Regulations'). These seek to ensure that development proposals do not harm the protected sites.
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Our adopted Supplementary Planning Document sets out a number of options to provide suitable recreational habitat mitigation.
You can read more about the strategy here:
If your scheme is for less than 50 houses, one option is to pay a financial contribution to us, in order to fund the projects set out in the strategy.
We will use your contribution to:
The financial contribution must be secured either by a legal agreement or a Unilateral Undertaking confirming that the above financial contribution will be paid. This can either be by way of a S106 agreement (which will be dealt with by our legal department), or you may submit a Unilateral Undertaking (UU). In the case of a UU payment in full of the total contribution by way of cleared funds must be made on completion of the UU and before permission is granted. In the case of a S106 agreement, please advise us that you wish to proceed on this basis, along with your solicitor's details so that our legal team can be instructed.
If your scheme is for 50 or more dwellings you will have to provide mitigation land on-site. Here is a link to a calculator to give an indication of the likely size of this space:
Our local plan has identified potential for significant adverse effects of parts of the New Forest SPA and SAC from nitrogen deposition and ammonia, particularly near main road corridors through the New Forest in areas lacking screening woodlands.
We are required to monitoring the effects of traffic emissions on these sensitive locations and therefore a contribution of £85 per additional dwelling in required. This will be used to monitor the effects of traffic emissions on sensitive locations, to trigger management or mitigation measures if harmful effects are confirmed in the future.
Our adopted strategy uses a sliding scale to calculate your financial contribution.
The scale is based on the number of bedrooms per individual dwelling. If a room fulfils the size requirements of a bedroom we will calculate the mitigation based on size of rooms rather than labels on floorplans.
Please refer to the tables below to calculate your financial contribution for each area and note that:
|Number of bedrooms|
(only payable on developments of under 50 dwellings)
|Total non-infrastructure contribution|
Four or more
In addition, if your development is within 5.6km of the Solent and Southampton Water SPA then the following contributions towards the Bird Aware Solent scheme will be payable. You can find out if your site is within this area using our interactive map and selecting local knowledge.
|Number of bedrooms||Bird Aware Contribution|
Five or more
This example assumes a development of four dwellings, outside of the Solent area, and that these are:
The calculations would be as follows.
Two-bedroom dwellings: 2 x (£3,472 + £543 = £4,015) = £8,030
Three-bedroom dwellings: 2 x (£5,155 + £749 = £5,904) = £11,808
Air Quality Monitoring: 4 x £85 = £340
If a unilateral undertaking is submitted:
Plus £50 checking fee - if a Unilateral Undertaking is used, otherwise additional legal fees will be incurred
CIL for development = £30,000
Credit towards CIL = £17,254 (£3,472 x 2 + £5,155 x 2)
CIL remaining to pay in accordance with payment schedule = £12,746
Should this example have taken place within the Solent SPA area then an additional contribution of £2,406 would also be payable (£522 x 2 and £681 x 2) to Bird Aware Solent.
If the only planning obligations to be secured are habitat mitigation and air quality monitoring then it is possible for you to complete a Unilateral Undertaking. Click below for further information.
The UU must be submitted to us together with:
Please note that this Unilateral is only suitable for applications being determined through the planning process and not suitable for applications being determined at appeal.
Please do not amend the text of the main agreement and please send in a draft unsigned version for checking first.