Natural England have existing powers to create bye-laws on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). To date, no bye-laws have been created for a SSSI. In this consultation Natural England present a model bye-law and the principles they will use when assessing whether and how a bye-law may be required. The CLA emphasises that landowners and occupiers of SSSIs have existing lawful rights and that any bye-law must not limit those rights. Natural England accept this in their proposed operational principles.
Where necessary and if applied with precision, the CLA agrees that bye-laws could be an important management tool for SSSIs. If and when bye-laws are considered necessary, early and effective engagement with landowners will be essential.