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Drainage (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Restrictions on drainage schemes

19.  For Article 13 there shall be substituted—

Confirmation of drainage schemes

13.(1) Where—

(a)the Department has stated in accordance with Article 12A(3)(c) that it does not consider that the works specified in the proposed scheme are likely to have significant effects on the environment; and

(b)no representations made in accordance with Article 12A(3)(d) are received in relation to those works within the time limit therein specified,

it may, within 28 days of the expiration of the time limit referred to in Article 12A(3)(d) and, after considering any representations sent to it under Article 12A(4)(b) and after holding such enquiry, if any, as it considers necessary, by order confirm the scheme in whole or in part, either without modification or with such modifications as the Department thinks fit.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), where the Department has prepared an environmental statement in relation to the works specified in a drainage scheme it may, after the expiration of 28 days from the expiration of the period of notice referred to in Article 12C(8)(a), and after holding such an enquiry, if any, as it considers necessary, by order confirm the scheme in whole or in part, either without modifications or with such modifications as the Department thinks fit.

(3) Where the Department has prepared an environmental statement in relation to the works specified in the drainage scheme it shall not, under paragraph (2) confirm the scheme unless it has first taken into consideration—

(a)the statement;

(b)any information relevant to it and obtained pursuant to Article 12C(6) or (12);

(c)the works specified in the drainage scheme;

(d)any representations sent to it under Article 12A(3)(d);

(e)any representations made in accordance with Article 12C(8)(a) within the time limit specified that sub-paragraph;

(f)any representations made by another EEA State during consultations under Article 12D in relation to the likely environment effects of those works and which are received within the time limits therein specified;

(g)the environmental factors specified in Schedule 2C; and

(h)the determination made by the Department under Article 12E(2) or, as the case may be, any consent given by the Commission under Article 12E(8)(b).

(4) Where having taken into consideration the matters specified in paragraph (3)(a) to (h), the Department decides to confirm a scheme in accordance with paragraph (2) it shall—

(a)inform in writing any person or EEA State which made representations in accordance with Article 12A (3)(d), Article 12C(8)(a) or Article 12D of its decision and any reasons and considerations upon which it was based and that in making it the Department has taken into consideration the matters specified in paragraph (3)(a) to (h); and

(b)by notice published in the Belfast Gazette and at least two local newspapers announce its decision and the considerations on which it was based and state that in making it the Department has taken into consideration the matters specified in paragraph (3)(a) to (h).

(5) In this Article, modification includes a variation, addition or exception..

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