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


Key message: After Exit day it continues to be business as usual for Habitats Regulations Assessment.

More specifically, we have received reassurance from Defra that from Exit day (31st January 2020) until Implementation Period Completion day (31st December 2020) the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 will remain in force without any of the amendments relating to Brexit made by The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. As a result of provisions in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 these Brexit-related changes to the Habitats Regulations are suspended until Implementation Period Completion Day. Meanwhile the 2017 Regulations will remain as in Appendix 1 of the Handbook, which incorporates all current amendments that have been made for non-Brexit reasons.

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