Closed – Habitats Directive: consultation on draft guidance on the application of article 6(4) Alternative solutions, imperative reasons of overriding public interest (IROPI) and compensatory measures

Defra is seeking views on draft guidance on the application of article 6(4) of the Habitats Directive. Article 6(4) allows plans or projects which may have an adverse effect on the integrity of a European site to go ahead on grounds of “imperative reasons of overriding public interest” (IROPI) when there are no alternative solutions and compensatory measures have been secured. In particular, views are sought on:

  • The overall approach to allowing plans or projects to go ahead on grounds of IROPI
  • The relationship between alternative solutions and IROPI
  • The definition of IROPI
  • Compensatory measures

The consultation runs from 7 August 2012 to 30 October 2012. For  more details see the Defra website.

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