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

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PART 6Coordination, Decision-making, Monitoring and Notification of Decisions

Coordination of assessments

23.—(1) Where, in relation to EIA development, there is, in addition to the requirement for an environmental impact assessment to be carried out in accordance with these Regulations, also a requirement to carry out a Habitats Regulations Assessment, the council or, as the case may be, the Department shall, where appropriate, ensure that the Habitats Regulations Assessment and the environmental impact assessment are coordinated.

(2) In this regulation a “Habitats Regulations Assessment” means an assessment under regulation 43 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995.

Consideration of whether planning permission or subsequent consent should be granted

24.—(1) When determining an EIA application the council or, as the case may be, the Department shall—

(a)examine the environmental information;

(b)reach a reasoned conclusion on the significant effects of the proposed development on the environment, taking into account the examination referred to in sub-paragraph (a) and, where appropriate, its own supplementary examination;

(c)integrate that reasoned conclusion into the decision as to whether planning permission or subsequent consent is to be granted; and

(d)if planning permission or subsequent consent is to be granted, consider whether it is appropriate to attach conditions or impose monitoring measures.

(2) The reasoned conclusion referred to in paragraph (1) shall be up to date at the time that the decision as to whether planning permission or subsequent consent is to be granted; but that conclusion shall be taken to be up to date if, in the opinion of the council or, as the case may be, the Department, it addresses the significant effects that are likely to arise as a result of the development described in the EIA application.

(3) In cases where no statutory timescale is in place, the decision of the council or, as the case may be, the Department as to whether planning permission or subsequent consent is to be granted shall be taken within a reasonable period of time, taking into account the nature and complexity of the proposed development, from the date on which the council or, as the case may be, the Department has been provided with the environmental information.

Monitoring

25.—(1) When considering whether to impose a monitoring measure under regulation 24(1)(d), and the nature of any such monitoring measure, the council or, as the case may be, the Department shall consider—

(a)whether monitoring measures are proportionate to the nature, location and size of the proposed development and the significance of its effects on the environment having regard in particular to the type of parameters to be monitored and the duration of the monitoring;

(b)in order to avoid duplication of monitoring, whether monitoring arrangements required under Union legislation (other than legislation implementing the requirements of the Directive) or other legislation applicable in Northern Ireland are more appropriate than imposing a monitoring measure; and

(c)if monitoring measures are considered appropriate, whether provision should be made to require appropriate remedial action.

(2) Where monitoring measures or measures envisaged to avoid, prevent or reduce and, if possible, offset significant adverse effects on the environment are required, the council or, as the case may be, the Department shall take steps to ensure that those measures are undertaken.

Information to accompany decisions

26.—(1) Where an EIA application is determined by a council or, as the case may be, the Department, it shall provide the applicant with the information specified in paragraph (2).

(2) The information is—

(a)information regarding the right to challenge the validity of the decision and the procedures for doing so; and

(b)if the decision is to grant planning permission or subsequent consent—

(i)the reasoned conclusion of the council or, as the case may be, the Department on the significant effects of the development on the environment, taking into account the results of the examination referred to in regulation 24(1)(a) and (b);

(ii)any conditions to which the decision is subject;

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

(iv)any monitoring measures considered appropriate by the council or, as the case may be, the Department; or

(c)if the decision is to refuse planning permission or subsequent consent, the main reasons for the refusal.

Duty to inform the public of decisions

27.—(1) Where an EIA application is determined by a council or, as the case may be, the Department, it shall promptly—

(a)inform the bodies mentioned in regulation 9(3)(b)(ii) or (4)(b)(ii), as appropriate, of the decision in writing;

(b)inform the public of the decision by local advertisement or by such other means as are reasonable in the circumstances.

(2) Where an EIA is determined by the Department it shall also—

(a)notify the council in whose district the proposed development is to be situated of its decision;

(b)provide the council with a statement containing—

(i)the main reasons and considerations on which the decision was based including information about the arrangements taken to ensure the public had the opportunity to participate in the decision making procedures;

(ii)a summary of the results on the consultations undertaken and information gathered in respect of the application and how those results, in particular comments received from an EEA State pursuant to consultation under regulation 29, have been incorporated or otherwise addressed; and

(iii)details of the matters referred to in regulation 26(2).

(3) Where, after environmental information has been taken into consideration, an EIA application is determined by the Commission, the Commission shall promptly—

(a)notify the council in whose district the proposed development is to be situated of its decision; and

(b)provide the council with a copy of a statement containing—

(i)the main reasons and considerations on which the decision was based including information about the arrangements taken to ensure the public had the opportunity to participate in the decision making procedures;

(ii)a summary of the results of the consultations undertaken and information gathered in respect of application and how those results, in particular comments received from an EEA State pursuant to consultation under regulation 29, have been incorporated or otherwise addressed; and

(iii)details of the matters referred to in regulation 26(2).

(4) The council shall, as soon as reasonably practicable after receipt of a notification from the Commission under paragraph (3), comply with paragraph (1) as if the decision so notified were a decision of the council.

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