A table containing a list of SSSIs in which there is a tenure interest, the area within each SSSI held and the condition of that area,is attached. Separating ownership from other forms of tenure would be a major exercise that could only be carried out at a disproportionate cost.
We are unable to separate out the relevant data for individual local authorities and do not hold any records for SSSI land held by the Homes and Communities Agency.
As set out in Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services, our target is to have at least 50% of the total area of SSSI’s in favourable condition by 2020.
Except in an emergency, it is an offence for anyone to intentionally or recklessly damage the special features of an SSSI unless they have obtained planning permission. The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that development should not normally be permitted if, either individually or in combination with other developments, it is likely to have an adverse effect on an SSSI.