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

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Determinations following consideration of works under regulation 5

6.—(1) Where, pursuant to regulation 5, the Department considers that the proposed works are not likely to have significant effects on the environment, it shall, by notice published in the Belfast Gazette and at least two local newspapers—

(a)state that it proposes to carry out the works in question;

(b)describe briefly the nature, size and location of the proposed works;

(c)state that it does not propose to prepare an environmental statement in respect of the works; and

(d)state that any person may make representations to the Department in writing in relation to the likely environmental effects of the proposed works at an address specified in the notice within 28 days of the date of the publication of the notice in the Belfast Gazette.

(2) Where the Department publishes a notice in accordance with paragraph (1) in relation to any proposed works it shall, on or before the date of the publication of the notice in the Belfast Gazette, send a copy of that notice to—

(a)the Drainage Council;

(b)the district council of the district or, as the case may be, each district in which the proposed works are situate; and

(c)any other person who appears to it to have an interest in the matter including, where appropriate, another EEA State.

(3) Where, within the period specified in paragraph (1)(d), no representations have been made to the effect that the proposed works are likely to have significant effects on the environment, the Department may proceed to carry out those works or do such other thing in relation to them as is mentioned in regulation 4.

(4) Where, following the period specified in paragraph (1)(d), the Department considers (whether in the light of any representations or otherwise) that the proposed works are likely to have significant effects on the environment, it shall make a determination accordingly.

(5) Where, within the period specified in paragraph (1)(d), any representations have been made to the effect that the proposed works are likely to have significant effects on the environment and, notwithstanding those representations, the Department considers that the works are not likely to have significant effects on the environment, it shall apply to the Commission for a determination of whether the works are likely to have significant effects on the environment and shall provide the Commission with all the relevant information and copies of all relevant documents in its possession.

(6) Where the Commission considers that the information and the copy documents provided in accordance with paragraph (5) do not provide sufficient information to enable it to make a determination for the purposes of that paragraph, it shall notify the Department in writing of the matters on which further information is required and may make a written request to the Department for such information as the Department may be able to provide on the matters raised.

(7) Where an application is made to the Commission under paragraph (5) in relation to any proposed works the Commission shall, taking into account the selection criteria in Schedule 2B to the Drainage Order, determine whether the proposed works are likely to have significant effects on the environment and shall inform the Department, and any person who made representations under paragraph (1)(d) in relation to the works, of its determination.

(8) Where an application is made to the Commission under paragraph (5) in relation to any proposed works, the Commission shall, prior to making a determination for the purposes of that paragraph, afford the Department and any person who made representations under paragraph (1)(d) in relation to the proposed works the opportunity of appearing before and being heard by the Commission.

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