Closed: Defra consultation on EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment)

Closed 31 January 2017.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment)  which includes changes to regulations on marine works.

More information about the consultation can be found here. This website gives an overview of the consultation as follows:

“The EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (‘the EIA Directive’) is applied across the European Union (EU) to development projects with likely significant effects on the environment (by virtue of their nature, size or location). The Directive requires such projects to be subject to an assessment of those effects before development consent can be given.

In 2014 Directive 2014/52/EU amended the EIA Directive (2011/92/EU) to: reduce the burden on developers, by aiming for: fewer projects being subject to assessment; and reductions in the size and cost of environmental statements; and where assessments are required. The focus should now be on those environmental factors that are significantly affected and not any potential impact. The UK Government now needs to make amendments to domestic regulations to implement these changes by 16 May 2017.

This is a joint consultation by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in England, the Welsh and Scottish Governments and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland. This consultation concerns amendments to domestic legislation on Environmental Impact Assessment for forestry, agriculture, water resources, land drainage, fin-fish farming in marine waters and marine works.”

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