Special Areas of Conservation

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th October 2010.

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Photo of Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of each proposed (a) new and (b) extension to a (i) Special Protection Area and (ii) Special Area of Conservation, on what date (A) the departmental brief was received from Natural England, (B) public consultation was initiated for the proposal and (C) Natural England submitted a recommendation on the public consultation; what the designation status is of each such proposal; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The following table comprises those marine and terrestrial sites in England for which designation proposals have been made under the EU habitats or birds directives and where the designation process has not been completed.

Site SAC/SPA Date brief received from NE Public consultation commenced Final recommendations to DEFRA Designation status
Inner Dowsing, Race Bank and North Ridge SAC February 2009 27 November 2009 June 2010 Candidate SAC since 20 August 2010
Haisborough, Hammond and Winterton SAC February 2009 27 November 2009 June 2010 Candidate SAC since 20 August 2010
Margate and Long Sands SAC February 2009 27 November 2009 June 2010 Candidate SAC since 20 August 2010
Lyme Bay and Torbay SAC February 2009 27 November 2009 June 2010 Candidate SAC since 20 August 2010
Prawle Point to Plymouth Sound and Eddystone SAC February 2009 27 November 2009 June 2010 Candidate SAC since 20 August 2010
Lizard Point SAC February 2009 27 November 2009 June 2010 Candidate SAC since 20 August 2010
Land's End and Cape Bank SAC February 2009 27 November 2009 June 2010 Candidate SAC since 20 August 2010
Shell Flat SAC February 2009 27 November 2009 June 2010 SAC since 20 August 2010
Lune Deep SAC May 2010 20 August 2010 n/a Proposed SAC
Prawle Point to Start Point SAC May 2010 20 August 2010 n/a Proposed SAC
Portland to Studland Reef SAC September 2010 Expected to be early 2011 n/a Draft SAC
Pevensey Levels SAC 8 July 2010 24 August 2010 n/a Proposed SAC
Arun Valley SAC 8 July 2010 24 August 2010 n/a Proposed SAC
The Broads SAC 8 July 2010 24 August 2010 n/a Existing SAC; new interest feature proposed
Bolton Fell Moss SAC (1)- August 2000 20 February 2008 (from JNCC) Site of community importance since December 2009. Awaiting formal designation as SAC.
Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore SPA 9 October 2000 30 July 2001 16 February 2004 Proposed SPA
Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA July 2005 27 September 2006 1 November 2007 Proposed SPA
Dungeness to Pett Levels SPA 12 May 2010 16 September 2010 n/a Proposed extensions to SPA
(1 )No brief produced. Different process in 2000.

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