Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of Plans (England & Wales)

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Summary

This training has been designed to give delegates a thorough understanding of the overall purpose, process and methodology of the HRA of plans. As well as covering relevant policy and legislation, the course also explores the key stages of the HRA process, with professional tips and hints on compliance and best practice.

Description

The course is designed specifically for local authorities and other plan-making bodies. It will give a thorough understanding of the overall purpose, process and methodology of the HRA of plans in England and Wales. As well as covering relevant policy and legislation, practical workshops and presentations will be used to explore the key stages of the HRA process, with professional tips and hints on compliance and best practice. Practitioners will come away with an improved understanding of how HRA should influence the plan making process and how plan assessments should be made and recorded.

This training is aimed at beginner/intermediate level; whilst it is appropriate for those completely new to Habitats Regulations Assessment (as it assumes no prior experience and includes an introduction to the Directives, the Regulations and the sites protected by them), it also covers the whole HRA process and seeks to offer some more in-depth training to intermediate level delegates who will have had some experience of HRA. The course focus is on a correct understanding of the requirements of HRA and the very specific legal tests set out within the regulations themselves. There is a lot of material to cover but delegates will have frequent opportunity to work in small groups to apply some of the theory to real case examples and think through the implications for their HRA work.

Who Should Attend?

The course is aimed at all those involved with undertaking HRA of plans - including local authorities, other plan making bodies and consultants acting on their behalf.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

The training is aimed at beginner/intermediate level; it assumes no prior experience and includes an introduction to the Directives, the Regulations and the sites protected by them.

The course also covers the whole HRA process and seeks to offer some more in depth training to intermediate level delegates who have some experience of HRA.

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciation of the source legislation (Directives and Regulations) and EC and relevant Government policy.
  • Introductory experience in the practical application of key stages such as screening, appropriate assessment and the integrity test.
  • Knowledge of case law, examples of good practice and sources of advice and guidance.
  • How to ensure compliance and due process and pitfalls to avoid.
  • How to keep assessments focused, effective, proportionate and fit for purpose.
  • An improved understanding of how HRA should influence the plan making process and how plan assessments should be made and recorded.

Refreshments

Course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Tickets

Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £245.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £295.00