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The Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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PART 3Preparation of Environmental Statements

Procedure to facilitate preparation of environmental statements

9.—(1) An applicant who intends to submit an environmental statement to a council or, as the case may be, the Department may give notice in writing of that intention to the council or the Department.

(2) A notice under paragraph (1) shall include, or be accompanied by, the information necessary to identify the land and the nature and purpose of the development, and shall indicate the main environmental consequences to which the person giving notice proposes to refer in the environmental statement.

(3) Where the council—

(a)receives a notice under paragraph (1) or pursuant to regulation 8(18), (19)(a) or 15(4)(a); or

(b)confirms a determination pursuant to regulation 15(7),

it shall notify—

(i)any other council in the area in which the land to which the proposal relates is situated of the details of the proposed development; and

(ii)such other authorities likely to be concerned by the proposed development by reason of their specific environmental responsibilities or local or regional competences,

of the name and address of the applicant and of the duty imposed on them by regulation 10(1) to make information available to the applicant; and

(iii)inform the applicant in writing of the names and addresses of the bodies so notified.

(4) Where the Department—

(a)receives a notice under paragraph (1) or pursuant to regulation 8(18), (19)(a), 15(4)(a) or 16(5); or

(b)confirms a determination pursuant to regulation 15(7) or 16(8),

it shall notify—

(i)the council or councils in whose district the proposed development is to be situated of the details of the proposed development; and

(ii)such other authorities likely to be concerned by the proposed development by reason of their specific environmental responsibilities or local or regional competences,

of the name and address of the applicant and of the duty imposed on them by regulation 10(1) to make information available to the applicant; and

(iii)inform the applicant in writing of the names and addresses of the bodies so notified.

Provision of information

10.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), any body notified by the council or, as the case may be, the Department pursuant to regulation 9(3) or (4) shall, if requested by the person who intends to submit the environmental statement, or may without such request, enter into consultation with that person with a view to ascertaining whether the body has information in its possession which that person or they consider relevant to the preparation of the environmental statement, and shall make that information available to that person.

(2) Any body which receives a request for information under paragraph (1) shall treat it as a request for information under regulation 5(1) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004(1).

Environmental statements

11.—(1) An EIA application shall be accompanied by an environmental statement for the purposes of these Regulations.

(2) An environmental statement is a statement which includes at least—

(a)a description of the proposed development comprising information on the site, design, size and other relevant features of the development;

(b)a description of the likely significant effects of the proposed development on the environment;

(c)a description of any features of the proposed development, or measures envisaged in order to avoid, prevent or reduce and, if possible, offset likely significant adverse effects on the environment;

(d)a description of the reasonable alternatives studied by the applicant, which are relevant to the proposed development and its specific characteristics, and an indication of the main reasons for the option chosen, taking into account the significant effects of the development on the environment;

(e)a non-technical summary of the information referred to in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d); and

(f)any information specified in Schedule 4 relevant to the specific characteristics of the particular development or type of development and to the environmental features likely to be significantly affected.

(3) To ensure the completeness and quality of the statement, the environmental statement shall—

(a)be prepared by competent experts;

(b)contain a statement by or on the behalf of the applicant setting out how the requirements of paragraph (3)(a) have been complied with;

(c)where a scoping opinion has been issued in accordance with regulation 8, be based on the most recent scoping opinion issued (so far as the proposed development remains materially the same as the proposed development which was subject to that scoping opinion);

(d)include the information reasonably required for reaching a reasoned conclusion on the significant effects of the development on the environment, taking into account current knowledge and methods of assessment; and

(e)be prepared, taking into account other relevant environmental assessments required under Union legislation or some other provision of domestic legislation, with a view to avoiding duplication of assessment.

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