Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - NNR. Denge Marsh Road - Power Station (042)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029321
Unit area (ha): 29.7958
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TR 068 167
Date of last site check: Checked by:
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: Jo Dear
Last assessed: 10/08/2010 Last assessment field visit: 10/08/2010
ISA Survey: View Surveys
Last CSM assessment: 10/08/2010
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: This is an extensive area of vegetated shingle showing excellent shingle ridge topography. The shingle ridge vegetation is well developed and has a characteristic range of plants. This aspect is considered to be in favourable condition. The unit also includes the mobile shingle fronting the beach. This feature is considered to be in unfavourable condition because regular beach protection management has prevented the development of the characteristic shingle beach vegetation. A strategy to improve the situation has been developed. A consent for beach re-profiling under Regulation 60 of the Habitat Regulations was granted in 2006 for a period to 2015. As part of the approval a Beach Management Plan and Annual Review is a condition to the consent. With the benefit of more accurate profile surveys and vegetation surveys carried out on an annual basis, the re-profiling operation has been focused each winter on only those areas that are lower than the desired flood risk management standard. This allows strandline vegetation to develop, at least over a proportion of the beach, and is the mechanism that ensures that the works are managed to bring about recovery to the designated features over the period of the consent. The Environment Agency and Natural England, together with the planning authorities, manage and review the operations through the Beach Management Plan on an annual basis. Annual reviews will ensure that targets will be met and includes safeguards such as thresholds that limit disturbance to the designated site interest. Under Reg 60 a Beach Management Plan and Annual Review provides the assurance that the condition for the permitted development consent has been met and if not, planning permission would need to be sought.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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