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POLICY ENV 13 - INTERNATIONAL AREAS OF NATURE CONSERVATION IMPORTANCE

INTERNATIONAL SITES WHICH ARE DESIGNATED OR POTENTIAL RAMSAR SITES, SPECIAL PROTECTION AREAS OR SPECIAL AREAS OF CONSERVATION WILL BE PROTECTED. DEVELOPMENT OR LAND USE CHANGES LIKELY TO HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON SUCH SITES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED UNLESS THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE AND THERE ARE IMPERATIVE REASONS OF OVERIDDING PUBLIC INTEREST. WHERE SUCH SITES HOST A PRIORITY HABITAT OR SPECIES (AS LISTED IN THE E.C. HABITATS DIRECTIVE) DEVELOPMENTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED UNLESS REQUIRED FOR REASONS OF HUMAN HEALTH OR SAFETY. IF IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES DEVELOPMENT IS PERMITTED, APPROPRIATE CONDITIONS OR AGREED PLANNING OBLIGATIONS WILL BE USED TO SEQURE ADEQUATE COMPENSATION OR MITIGATION MEASURES. 

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