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Statement of Findings of Likely Significant Effects

Regulation 64B of The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 states that any plan or project likely to have a significant effect on a Natura 2000 site shall be subject to an assessment of its implications for the site in view of the site’s conservation objectives.  Accordingly, the Draft Subject Plan Proposals and the PAC recommendations, both individually and in combination with the proposals contained in the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) Subject Plan for Belfast City Council Area 2015, have been subjected to a Test of Likely Significance (TOLS).  Three designated and one proposed Natura 2000 sites and two Ramsar sites were identified that could potentially be affected by the implementation of the Subject Plan, namely:
  1. ·Belfast Lough Special Protection Area;
  2. ·Belfast Lough Open Water Proposed Special Protection Area;
  3. ·Belfast Lough Ramsar Site;
  4. ·Lough Neagh and Lough Beg Special Protection Area;
  5. ·Lough Neagh and Lough Beg Ramsar Site: and
  6. ·Eastern Mournes Special Area of Conservation.
The TOLS has confirmed that there is no likely significant impact on any of the designated or proposed Natura 2000 or the Ramsar sites.  It is not, therefore, necessary to carry out an Appropriate Assessment.
A ‘Statement of Finding of No Likely Significant Effects’ in accordance with Regulation 64B of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 is published with the Adopted Subject Plan.

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