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The Forestry (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

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Requests for screening opinion of the Commissioners

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12.—(1) An applicant may, in writing, request the Commissioners to adopt a screening opinion.

(2) A request for a screening opinion under paragraph (1) must be accompanied by—

(a)a plan sufficient to identify the land;

(b)a description of the forestry project proposed, including in particular—

(i)a description of the physical characteristics of the forestry project and, where relevant, of demolition works;

(ii)a description of the location of the forestry project, with particular regard to the environmental sensitivity of geographical areas likely to be affected;

(c)a description of the aspects of the environment likely to be significantly affected by the forestry project proposed; and

(d)a description of any likely significant effects, to the extent of the information available on such effects, of the forestry project proposed on the environment resulting from—

(i)the expected residues and emissions and the production of waste, where relevant;

(ii)the use of natural resources, in particular soil, land, water and biodiversity.

(3) A request for a screening opinion may, in addition to the information required in accordance with paragraph (2), also be accompanied by a description of any features of the forestry project, or proposed measures, envisaged to avoid or prevent significant adverse effects on the environment.

(4) The information referred to in paragraph (2) is to be compiled taking into account, were relevant—

(a)the selection criteria set out in schedule 2; and

(b)the available results of any relevant assessment.

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