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• Planning Policy Wales (March 2002) states that "The Assembly will ensure that international responsibilities and obligations for conservation are fully met, and that, consistent with the objectives of the designation [e.g. Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSI), sites designated under the Ramsar Convention, and those designated by EC Directives – Special Protection Areas (SPAs) or Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)], statutorily designated sites are protected from damage and deterioration, with their important features conserved by appropriate management".
• The Welsh Assembly Governments Technical Advice Note 5 considers Nature Conservation and Planning. TAN 5 deals with, among other issues, Development Control for Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Statutory Framework for Nature Conservation, Sites Statutorily Designated for Nature Conservation and Designated Sites.
• Water related companies are affected by a list of legislations (regulations specific to Wales):
• The third Asset Management Programme (AMP 3) is part of an investment programme known as the National Environment Programme (NEP) and lasts from 2000 to 2005. AMP3 is the third phase in the programme since UK water privatisation and has been agreed by the Government following discussions with the Environment Agency, water companies and OFWAT (the UK water regulator).
• Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is the regulated company that provides water supply and sewerage services to over three million people living and working in Wales. The company has an Environment Management Group and a Quality and Environment Committee at board level. This committee reviews the performance of the Company (and its contractors) against key performance measures with particular regard to public health, health and safety and environmental impact. This ensures the environmental practices of the company and those contractors working on behalf of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.
Description of project - background
The repair of the outfall was undertaken by Morrison Construction as part of the Welsh Water Capital Alliance Partnership. The Welsh Water Capital Alliance is a strategic partnership team formed between Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, a UK water utility company and strategic design/construction partners, cost managers, a partnering facilitator and a supply chain advisor. The partnership will deliver around 60% of Welsh Water's capital investment programme during 2000-05.
A multi-agency team approach was implemented to work on and restore the ecology the site. The team comprised staff from Morrison Construction (ecologist and an engineer), the National Soil Resources Institute at Cranfield University, Landmark Ecological Site Works, The Countryside Council for Wales and David Lewis Civil Engineering.
Description of project - objectives/aims
As indicated earlier, it is a Natura 2000 site with part of the Burry Inlet and Loughor Estuary SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries cSAC (candidate Special Area of Conservation). It is also a SPA (Special Area of Protection) and Ramsar site (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially Waterfowl Habitat 1971 (Ramsar Convention) 1972).
Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd considered the site to be an archaeologically sensitive area requiring a watching brief.
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