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My development site is several kilometres from the European wildlife sites. How will it affect them?

The research which underpins the RAMS shows that some people travel quite long distances to access the estuaries, coasts and heaths in question. The Strategy requires a developer contribution towards mitigation measures from all new dwellings built within the identified Zone of Influence of these, based on the research finding that 75% of all visitors to the Designated Habitat sites originate within 20.8 kilometres of the sites themselves. The use of a 75% figure for defining the zone mirrors the approach which was adopted for the Thames Basin Heaths and Dorset Heathland Special Protection Areas after careful scrutiny and public examination and the approach taken for the Solent and Suffolk strategies.