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Consultation on Amending the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has issued a consultation seeking comments on proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007, as amended through the implementation of Directive 2014/52/EU. These proposals apply to areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land in Northern Ireland.

What is the Environmental Impact Assessment Process?

The Environmental impact assessment process aims to provide a high level of protection to the environment and to help bring environmental considerations into the preparation of projects to reduce their impact on the environment. It seeks to ensure that proposals for projects which are likely to have a significant effect on the environment, for instance, by virtue of their nature, size or location are subject to a requirement for an assessment of those effects before the project is allowed to proceed.

Who will the proposals be of greatest interest too?

The proposals will be of greatest interest to farmers and other land owners/managers.

What are the main affects of the proposals?

 Further amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive were introduced by the 2014/52/EU Directive and it is these changes that now require modifications to the N.I environmental impact assessment legislation.

The broad intention of the 2014 amendments is deregulatory, to simplify and clarify requirements, by focusing on environmental factors that are significantly impacted by development, rather than on any potential impact.

The main change proposed to the EIA process is that certain information currently required at the end of the EIA process (consent stage) is required upfront (screening stage). This should mean that the screening decision can be dealt with more effectively as there will be more detailed information available at this early stage.

Responding to the Consultation and Further Information

You have until the 19th June 2017 to send your views and comments on the proposals set out in the consultation document to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Full details of how to respond are contained in the consultation document which can be accessed here https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/consultation-amending-environmental-impact-assessment-agriculture-regulations-northern-ireland-2007-0

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