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Environmental Impact Assessment (Fish Farming in Marine Waters) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Consultation on the environmental statement

9.—(1) Where the Department receives an environmental statement relating to an application to which the prohibition in regulation 3(1) applies, it shall consult the authorities, bodies and persons mentioned in Schedule 3, according to the circumstances mentioned therein, about the environmental statement and such other persons, groups or bodies as it considers appropriate.

(2) Where an applicant submits an environmental statement to the Department he shall supply it with enough copies of the environmental statement or parts thereof to enable it to comply with paragraph (1) and one additional copy.

(3) Where, under this regulation, the Department consults any authority, body or person—

(a)it shall give not less than one months' notice to such authority, body or person that environmental information is to be taken into consideration; and

(b)it shall not grant a fish culture licence for the development to which the environmental information relates until after the expiration of the period of such notice.

(4) Where any authority, body or person which the Department is required to consult under this regulation consider that consultation with them is not required in respect of any environmental statement relating to any case or class of case, or relating to any specified area they shall so inform the Department in writing and notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this regulation the Department shall not be required so to consult them.

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