Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)
Previously known as
Appropriate Assessment (AA), the HRA is required under the European
Habitats Directive for proposals which may have a significant effect on one or more European sites.
The purpose of HRA is to determine whether European sites might be damaged in any way and to suggest ways for avoiding any such damage.
Risk of damage is assessed solely in relation to the 'conservation objectives' for which a European site has been designated and its ability to continue to support these.
TEC has experience of undertaking HRA at both the project and plan level.
Following the ruling by the European Court of Justice that the UK had failed to correctly transpose the provisions of Articles 6(3) and (4) of the Habitats Directive into national law, and the publication of draft amendments to the Habitats Regulations on 8 May 2006, we have been commissioned to undertake HRA for a number of land use plans.