Natural England publishes guidance on assessing road traffic under habitats regulations

The government’s nature conservation adviser has made public its internal staff guidance on how to advise local planning authorities about their assessment of the potential impacts from road traffic emissions on sites protected by European nature laws

Emissions from traffic are harming SSSIs. Photograph: Chris Elwell/123RF
Natural England guidance stresses the need to assess plans in combination to measure cumulative impacts

A court ruling that advice given by Natural England on the impact of road traffic on a special area of conservation (SAC) was wrong has prompted the organisation to publish its internal staff guidance on the issue.

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