Essential guidance for the assessment of plans and projects under the UK Habitats Regulations

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Welcome to the Award winning Habitats Regulations Assessment Handbook and accompanying Journal

Aimed at statutory bodies, local authorities, other 'competent authorities', third sector organisations, ecologists, lawyers, planners and project proposers, the Handbook is the one definitive source of detailed guidance that is regularly updated for good practice and monitored by a barrister specialising in environmental law and the Habitats Regulations in particular.


**NEWS** Working in partnership with DTA Ecology, we are pleased to announce a series of HRA Masterclasses. Click the 'training' tab above to find out more.


Current subscribers to the Handbook include

  • Natural England
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Northern Ireland Shared Environment Service
  • Environment Agency
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • The Planning Inspectorate
  • Environment Protection Agency (Ireland)
  • An Bord Pleanala
  • Department Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)
  • Local planning authorities
  • Consultants, lawyers and third sector organisations


Click here to find out more about who currently uses the Handbook.


Fully consistent with relevant guidance and case law, it covers all aspects of the assessment process and has been informed by feedback from key stakeholders. The Journal is the only UK periodical in this field to keep you informed. 


Click here to read an independent published user review.

Click here to preview the Handbook content.

Constructive regulation - Efficient compliance - Effective conservation 


BREXIT position

In light of the results of the election on 12th December 2019 we are preparing for Brexit on 31st January 2020.  The Handbook content will be updated to take account of the EU Exit Regulations 2019 and related Government guidance.  However, we continue to emphasise that, apart from modifications to the procedures relating  to the very rare cases which engage the derogations in Article 6(4) and Regulations 64 and 68, (opinions as to imperative reasons of overriding public interest where a priority habitat or species may be affected), it will continue to be ‘business as usual’ after Exit day.  The Habitats Regulations will remain in force and the assessment procedures will be otherwise unchanged.

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