Habitats Regulations Assessment
Since the introduction of the requirement to undertake HRA (Habitats Regulations Assessment) of development plans in 2006, LUC's planning and ecology teams have helped develop best practice in HRA. We worked closely with Natural England, a joint consultants’ group (which formulated informal guidance for HRA in advance of the Government’s guidance) and a number of planning bodies at both the regional and local level. In addition, we have provided training in HRA to Natural England officers across England. We work with a broad range of clients, including local authorities throughout the country undertaking all types of Development Plan Documents (DPDs), including those for minerals and waste. We also worked with the former Regional Planning Bodies and undertake HRA of development projects as well as plans. Our team seeks to work closely with statutory nature conservation bodies and other stakeholders to ensure robust assessment and develop concensus.