Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SPA, Ramsar Site and SSSI

Closed 30 Nov 2018

Opened 31 Jul 2018

Feedback Updated 18 Apr 2019

We Asked

On 31 July 2018, Natural England launched a formal consultation with owners, occupiers and interested parties on the:

• notification of the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI);

• proposed ‘de-notification’ of parts of the Seal Sands SSSI;

• proposed extensions to the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site.

You Said

The Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SSSI notification was the subject of 6 unresolved objections and 7 further objections that have been resolved subject to the Board of Natural England’s approval of recommended boundary modifications. There were also 12 further representations, 4 of which expressed support for the SSSI notification.

No objections were received to the proposal to de-notify parts of the Seal Sands SSSI.

The proposed extensions to the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SPA and Ramsar site received 7 responses supporting the proposal. 18 objections were received, 11 of which were resolved and 7 which were maintained by the respondent.

We Did

Following consideration of representations and objections at its meeting on 20 March 2019, the Board of Natural England approved the confirmation of the notification of the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SSSI with modifications to the boundary and, accordingly, to the area figure presented on the citation.

Natural England confirmed the notification of Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SSSI on 18 April 2019 and, on the same date, confirmed the de-notification of parts of the Seal Sands SSSI.

With respect to the proposals to extend the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SPA and Ramsar site, Natural England has submitted its final advice to Defra for consideration, and will update this page when more information is available.

Overview

Natural England has reviewed the suite of nature conservation designations in the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast area, including seven Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar Site.

We have now notified an enlarged SSSI that includes the majority of the area of the seven previous SSSIs, linking and combining them with substantial extensions. Part of one SSSI (Seal Sands) is not considered to be of special interest and is therefore proposed for de-notification.

Natural England has also recommended to Government that the existing SPA and Ramsar Site be revised to include extensions and additional qualifying interests. Ministers have asked us to consult formally on these proposals.

Accordingly, Natural England is seeking views on:

  • notification of the enlarged Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SSSI;
  • proposed de-notification of part of Seal Sands SSSI;
  • proposal to extend Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Special Protection Area (SPA); and
  • proposal to extend Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Ramsar Site.

This consultation runs in accordance with Government Consultation Principles.

What Happens Next

SPA consultation results will be submitted as a report to the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Following consideration of that report, the Secretary of State will decide whether or not to classify the site as a SPA.

SSSI consultation responses will be assessed and a recommendation will be made to the Board of Natural England in due course.  Natural England has to make a decision to either confirm or withdraw this notification by  30th April 2019 or the notification will cease to exist.  

Audiences

  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • AWBs
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Animal welfare campaigners
  • Trade Unions
  • Food Business Operators
  • Food Industry
  • All Marine Users
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal Members of Parliament
  • Coastal local authorities
  • National Park Authorities
  • Recreation sector
  • Coastal Management sector
  • Aggregates sector
  • Energy sector
  • Industries and professional services
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • IFCAs
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Fishing Focus individual recipients
  • Water Abstractors
  • Environmental professional services
  • Local Authorities
  • Commercial Fisheries Organisations
  • Fisheries Producer Organisations
  • Waste Producers and Handlers
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Policy Teams
  • Transport Organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • Waste Management Companies
  • All Defra staff and ALBs
  • Walkers
  • Farmers
  • Fishermen
  • SME businesses
  • Energy suppliers
  • Water suppliers
  • Leisure industry
  • Tourism industry
  • Shellfish Cultivators
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies
  • Public Bodies
  • Beach Users

Interests

  • Natural environment
  • Local nature partnerships
  • Biodiversity
  • Animals
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable development
  • Marine
  • Marine licensing
  • Marine Conservation
  • DEFRA Policy