Reaction: Disappointment in SSSI ruling of Penwith Moors, says CLA - CLA

The CLA provides a statement on Natural England’s designation of Penwith Moors, in Cornwall, as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

We are deeply disappointed with the decision to designate all of Penwith Moors as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In doing so, Natural England chose to ignore the concerns of the farmers and land managers who know the area best.

Our members do incredible work to restore nature on their land, with some engaging in pioneering activities for nature’s recovery. Yet this designation has not taken into account the ability of farmers to make land management decisions in a timely fashion.

Natural England has not published a clear plan for how the site, which covers more than 3,000 hectares, should be managed. The lack of detail means that businesses do not know what they will be able to do once the designation commences.

The decision fails to take into account any socio-economic factors. The impact of this SSSI designation will likely be disastrous for many. Not only will land managers now have to apply to Natural England for consent to carry out every day activities, the consent would be temporary, likely take a long time to be considered and may not be granted at all.

Many farmers within the boundary will have concerns as to the ongoing viability of their already-stretched businesses. We call on Natural England to bring forward all management plans and agree sufficient funding arrangements with Defra well before designation is implemented.

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Posted On: 29/06/2023

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