Swanscombe Peninsula

Closed 12 Jul 2021

Opened 11 Mar 2021


Swanscombe Peninsula Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Kent:

Notification under section 28C (Enlargement) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Natural England has reviewed the notification of Bakers Hole SSSI, Kent and has enlarged the SSSI boundary under Section 28C to include more land of special interest. These changes were notified to owners, occupiers, the Local Planning Authority and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 11 March 2021.                                                                 

The enlarged site is now known as Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI.  The enlarged notification under Section 28C takes effect immediately.

Please note that the deadline for making objections and representations (including those supporting the changes) is 12 July 2021, although we would value the opportunity to discuss in advance any concerns which you may have about this notification.

Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI is an area of open mosaic habitat on previously developed land and traditional estuarine habitat which connects Ebbsfleet Valley to the southern shore of the River Thames between Dartford and Gravesend. The site includes chalk pits, free-draining grassland, scrub, wetlands, grazing marsh and saltmarsh. It is of special interest for its nationally important assemblages of invertebrates and breeding birds, populations of five species of vascular plant, and its geological features.

We recommend you read more about Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI which is described (with maps) in the notification document in the related documents section.

During the current coronavirus situation, Natural England staff are working remotely, and a limited number of our offices are open. You can submit your views via the online survey, or by email: thamesestuary@naturalengland.org.uk


Why your views matter

We are seeking your views on the notification of Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI under Section 28C of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.


What happens next

We are now assessing the response to the consultation and will be making a recommendation to the Board of Natural England in due course. Natural England has to make a decision to either confirm or withdraw this notification by 10 December 2021 or the notification will cease to exist. We will widely promote Natural England's decision.


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