Environmental Impact Assessment – Joint Technical Consultation (planning changes to regulations on forestry, agriculture, water resources, land drainage and marine works)

Closed 31 Jan 2017

Opened 14 Dec 2016


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.


Why your views matter

We are seeking views on amendments to domestic EIA legislation.  Our consultation focuses on those areas where we have discretion over how domestic legislation will be changed.  The consultation document also includes information about the other changes (where we have no discretion).  In these cases, we will simply copy out new requirements them from the EU Directive.  As we have no discretion on how we implement those changes, we have not asked for views.  

In addition, we welcome evidence about the extra costs to business from these changes, and whether the changes could be made in a way that would involve a lower cost to business while ensuring equal environmental protection.  


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  • Environmental campaigners
  • Trade Unions
  • All Marine Users
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal Members of Parliament
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  • Recreation sector
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  • Aggregates sector
  • Energy sector
  • Industries and professional services
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • Water Abstractors
  • Environmental professional services
  • House Building Industry
  • Legal and Conveyancing Professions
  • Local Authorities
  • Commercial Fisheries Organisations
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  • Business/Private Sector
  • Policy Teams
  • Local Authorities
  • Walkers
  • Farmers
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  • Energy suppliers
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  • Land Agents
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  • Public Bodies
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  • Towns and village greens
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  • Solicitors specialising in agricultural law
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  • Recreational sector