Proposed scope and application of Natural England's SSSI byelaw-making powers

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.

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