Natural England has evaluated three studies on the risk of impacts of the W class ferry on the Natura 2000 sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) at Lymington, produced by: ABPmer; H R Wallingford; and Black and Veatch.
Natural England has also commissioned and evaluated technical advice from H R Wallingford on the technical effectiveness of Wightlink’s proposal to mitigate any adverse impacts of the W class ferries on these sites.
Natural England has an internal team to manage the stakeholder engagement process in relation to Wightlink's mitigation proposals. This team is supported by expert technical advice. No budget has been allocated for this exercise, the costs of which will be met from existing resources.