Case studies

The case studies below illustrate the use of the guidance document in making judgements over the 'likely significance' and 'adverse effect on integrity' in situations involving new authorisations, and those involving reviews of existing consents. These are illustrative of the use of the guidance manual in these processes only, and should not be taken as definitive guidance on procedures or of criteria to be used in making judgements. Existing guidance on consent review procedures for assessing 'likely significant effect'; and forthcoming guidance on 'new plans and projects' and assessing 'adverse effect on integrity' should be consulted for such definitive advice as exists. It is anticipated that the illustrative examples below will change in response to the experience of users (namely conservation agencies and the EA), and the text should be regarded as provisional at this stage.

Three case studies have been developed to illustrate the use of this guidance manual alongside existing guidance for assessing likely significant effect and undertaking an appropriate assessment of new plans or project and consent reviews. Although the legislative procedures used may not apply in Scotland, the generic principles remain the same.

Kelp Bay

Seal Marsh

Grass Flat Estuary

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