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Obtaining consent for work in Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Land managers must obtain consent from Natural England for any operations listed in the SSSI notification, in relation to any English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) proposal or Felling Licence proposals on land designated as a SSSI.  This requirement is over and above any consultation we may undertake with Natural England on your EWGS or Felling Licence application.

Formal consent is not required for work adjacent to a SSSI but Natural England may wish to advise the land manager of the precautions to consider so that their work does not harm the SSSI.

To streamline the process of obtaining consent from Natural England, we will obtain Natural England’s consent for you when we process your application to us. This means that when we send the grant agreement or Felling Licence to you we will also send Natural England’s consent. This consent may list additional conditions.

To enable us to do this you must complete a Supplementary Notice of Operations within a SSSI and send this to us with your grant or licence application. If you do not provide this form you must obtain consent from Natural England independently.

To help us and Natural England process your application as quickly as possible, we may arrange a joint pre-application or application site visit with your Natural England advisor.


Last updated: 31st January 2018