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The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995

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Co-ordination where more than one competent authority involved

47.—(1) The following provisions apply where a plan or project—

(a)is undertaken by more than one competent authority,

(b)requires the consent, permission or other authorisation of more than one competent authority, or

(c)is undertaken by one or more competent authority and requires the consent, permission or other authorisation of one or more other competent authorities.

(2) Nothing in regulation 43(1) or 45(2) requires a competent authority to assess any implications of a plan or project which would be more appropriately assessed under that provision by another competent authority.

(3) The Department may issue guidance to authorities for the purposes of regulations 43 to 46 as to the circumstances in which an authority may or should adopt the reasoning or conclusions of another competent authority as to whether a plan or project—

(a)is likely to have a significant effect on a European site, or

(b)will adversely affect the integrity of a European site;

and the authorities involved shall have regard to any guidance so issued in discharging their functions under those regulations.

(4) In determining whether a plan or project should be agreed to under regulation 44(1) (considerations of overriding public interest) a competent authority other than the Department shall seek and have regard to the views of the other competent authority or authorities involved.

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