Statutory Agencies

Countryside Council for Wales

Background of Organisation

The Countryside Council for Wales is the statutory adviser to Government on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment throughout Wales and its inshore waters. With English Nature and Scottish Natural Heritage, CCW delivers its statutory responsibilities for Great Britain as a whole, and internationally, through the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. CCW directly (through regulatory powers) or indirectly (as a statutory consultee or through its countryside remit) can have significant influence over almost all the issues covered by the Strategy for the Severn Estuary.

Organisational Objectives

The CCW has both an executive and advisory role in the planning system, for instance it:

· Designates and /or advises government (central and local) on the creation of statutory protected areas of national and international importance (e.g. Special Areas of Conservation, Sites of Special Scientific Interest);
· Is a statutory consultee for development plans;
· Has to be statutorily notified of all environmental impact assessments produced in Wales and its offshore waters;
· Is a statutory adviser to Government on any matters relating to the countryside;
· Is a statutory consultee for certain types of development (e.g. near SAC, SSSI);
· Has statutory duties under the Habitats Regulations 1994 to advise prospective developers exercising
permitted development rights in/near/affecting Natura 2000 sites (e.g. SACs and SPAs);
· Has a statutory duty to keep under review all matters relating to:

The provision of facilities for the enjoyment of the countryside
The conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty and amenity of the countryside;
The need to secure public access to the countryside for the purposes of open-air recreation.

Relevant Policies, Projects & Activities