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Environmental Assessment (Forestry) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Opinion of the Department

5.—(1) Where the proposer applies to the Department under regulation 4, the Department shall give to the proposer written notice of its opinion within—

(a)28 days beginning with the date of its receipt of the application or, where it notifies the proposer under regulation 4(3) that it requires further information, the date of its receipt of that information; or

(b)such longer period as may be agreed in writing between the Department and the proposer.

(2) In forming its opinion the Department shall have regard in particular to the nature, size and location of the proposed project.

(3) Where the opinion of the Department is that the project is a relevant project, the Department shall include in or provide with its opinion a written statement of its reasons for being of that opinion.

(4) The Department may of its own motion give its opinion whether or not a project is or would be a relevant project and where it gives an opinion under this paragraph—

(a)it shall give written notice of its opinion to any person who reasonably appears to it to be the proposer, and

(b)paragraphs (2) and (3) of this regulation shall apply as they do to an opinion given in relation to an application under regulation 4(1).

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