Habitats Sites Mitigation
Suffolk Coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance Mitigation Strategy (RAMS)
The Councils are working alongside Ipswich Borough Council and East Suffolk Council on strategic mitigation.
This mitigation is designed to support development and avoid impacts on internationally important designated wildlife sites.
The unique countryside and coastal areas of Suffolk provide both opportunities and challenges for housing development.
Our collective goal is to promote sustainable development, whilst maintaining and enhancing our wildlife. This is with particular regard to our nationally and internationally recognised sites.
All councils involved have contributed towards the creation of a recreational disturbance, avoidance and mitigation strategy (RAMS) for the area. This strategy identifies cost measures necessary to mitigate recreational impacts. It confirms how they will be funded and delivered over the lifetime of local plans.
The strategy has been drafted by specialist consultants as a technical report. This supports local plans and gives developers the option to contribute to an agreed and costed scheme of mitigation.
This applies to residential developments within the zone of influence, over the plan period.
If you have formally requested pre-application planning advice, the need for a RAMS contribution will be included in the response.
If you are expecting a decision for your application
If, during the application process you have been advised that a contribution is needed, please complete our RAMS payment form.
This will enable you to submit payment under Section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972, Recreational Avoidance Mitigation Contribution.
You must submit this payment before a decision is issued.
If permission is refused, but you have already submitted the RAMS payment, you are entitled to a refund. This claim can only be made six months following the date of decision. This is when the time limit for lodging an appeal has expired.
To claim your refund, please email the Infrastructure Team and quote your application reference.
If you have an older permission with a RAMS condition
There are older planning permissions that contain a condition relating to the RAMS contribution. Though we will not apply this condition in the future, all existing conditions must be discharged before development starts.
The customer must apply to discharge this condition by submitting a Discharge of Conditions (DOC) application to the local planning authority (LPA). When the condition has been met, the LPA will discharge it by way of formal written approval.
The application asks that the customer enter into a legal agreement (known as a 'unilateral undertaking'). This will legally bind them to submit the RAMS payment. The application will involve a payment to the Legal Team (minimum £50).
The condition can also be discharged by submission of payment via the RAMS Payment Form (instead of a unilateral undertaking). You must not complete the payment form until you have received confirmation that your DOC application has been validated.
Please contact the Planning Validation Team if you have any questions.
- - If you submit a DOC application for the RAMS condition only, there will be no application fee. If you submit a DOC application for multiple conditions (including the RAMS condition) the usual application fee must be paid
- - If there is an existing Unilateral Undertaking the RAMS payment must be paid when development starts. This is done at the same time the Infrastructure team are served a commencement notice. Please visit our Infrastructure section for further guidance
The designated sites for Babergh and Mid Suffolk within the RAMS are:
- Deben Estuary SPA and Ramsar site
- Stour and Orwell SPA and Ramsar site
Parishes within the 13km Zone of Influence
|Babergh District||Mid Suffolk District|
|Belstead||Ashfield Cum Thorpe|
|Capel St Mary||Baylham|
|Copdock and Washbrook||Coddenham|
|Great Wenham / Wenham Magna||Gosbeck|
|Holton St Mary||Little Blakenham|
|Little Wenham / Wenham Parva||Somersham|
|Stoke By Nayland|
|Stratford St Mary|