Essex Coast RAMS consultation

Comment on the draft Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) Supplementary Planning Document

This mitigation strategy will impact development within the zone of influence in the Uttlesford parishes of Felsted, High Easter, Stebbing and Barnston.

The Essex coastline has diverse habitats and environments which are home to large numbers of resident and migrating birds, which are designated under UK and European law. The coast is also a major destination for people and recreation, including walking, dog walking, sailing and jet skiing and bird watching. Bird Aware Essex Coast provides further information on the birds found on the coastline.

Essex Coast RAMS is a scheme to raise awareness of protected birds along the Essex coastline. The scheme has resulted in the Icon for pdf Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (Essex Coast RAMS) [1.19MB] Draft Supplementary Planning Document. This has been developed in partnership with Natural England and 12 Local Authorities in Essex.   

The strategy sets out a long-term strategic approach to lessen the impact of local housing development on protected birds along the Essex coast. It includes the requirement for contributions or a tariff applied to new development with the zone of influence of protected wild life habitats.

Essex Coast RAMS aims to prevent bird and habitat disturbance from recreational activities. It does this through a series of mitigation measures, which encourage all coastal visitors to enjoy their visits responsibly.

Consultation on the document

Essex County Council's Place Services are now asking for your comments on the draft Essex Coast RAMS. There are also a number of supporting documents and maps available. 

The consultation starts on Friday 10 January 2020 and runs until 5pm on Friday 21 February 2020

How to comment

You can comment on the Essex Coast RAMS on the Essex County Council Consultation Portal.

Comment using the portal

Alternatively, you can download a representation form to provide comments on the proposed recommendations and issues.

Icon for pdf Essex Coast RAMS consultation response form [238.16KB]

Icon for word Essex Coast RAMS consultation response form [28.75KB]

Paper copies of the representation form are also available at the front desk at Uttlesford District Council, Saffron Walden and Uttlesford libraries. Completed forms should be returned to: 

By email:

By post: Place Services, Essex County Council, County Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1QH

Privacy Notice

The details of anyone who makes a representation on this SPD will be held on a database maintained by Place Services and shared between the 12 Essex Authorities (Basildon Borough Council, Braintree District Council, Brentwood Borough Council, Castle Point District Council, Chelmsford City Council, Colchester Borough Council, Maldon District Council, Rochford Borough Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Tendring District Council, Thurrock Council and Uttlesford District Council) and Essex County Council. This database will be used for the sole purposes of matters relating to the Essex Coast RAMS SPD.

This database may also be shared, in whole or in part, with any consultants who the authorities need to work with in the future.  Data protection regulations will be enforced with any consultant that this may apply to.

The names of any member of the public making a representation to this SPD will be published alongside their representation as these are required to be made a matter of public record.  All other personal details will be redacted.

Developer contributions

Mitigation measures to protect bird habitats will be funded using payments from developers. Contributions or tariffs will apply if new development is within the 'Zone of Influence'. Details of the required contribution or tariff are outlined in the Icon for pdf Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (Essex Coast RAMS) [1.19MB]

The tariff will apply primarily to the parish of Felsted.  However, parts of High Easter, Stebbing and Barnston also fall within the Zone of Influence.

Uttlesford District Council will collect the money via planning obligations that we secure using:

•  S106 agreements
•  unilateral undertakings
•  up-front payments

Developers or applicants will pay their contribution when they start work.


Additional information

► Essex Coast RAMS SPD Consultation Statement [266.16KB]

Essex Coast RAMS SPD Statement of Representations [267.86KB]

► Essex Coast RAMS Zone of Influence on Uttlesford [796.67KB]

► Essex Coast RAMS detailed view of Influence on Uttlesford [658.94KB]