Consultation on the Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, October 2011


The Department of the Environment (the ‘DOE’) has announced the publication of a consultation paper seeking views on proposals for consolidating and amending the Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 and 2008 as amended (the ‘EIA Regulations’), which apply Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment, to the planning process in Northern Ireland. Under the EIA Regulations certain plans and projects that are likely to have a significant effect on the environment must undergo an environmental impact assessment prior to the grant of development consent. The objective of the consultation, according to the Minister, Mr. Attwood, is to ‘speed up the inquiry process for major planning applications and make planning regulations easier to understand [and] use’.

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