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The Agriculture, Land Drainage and Irrigation Projects (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

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41.—(1) Where it appears to the Scottish Ministers that an offence has been committed under regulation 37, 38 or 39 and they consider that the potential harm to the environment of work to which the offence relates is such that the work should cease with immediate effect, they may serve a notice (in these Regulations referred to as a “stop notice”) prohibiting all or any part of such work (the “prohibited work”).

(2) The Scottish Ministers may serve a stop notice on any person who appears to them to have an interest in the relevant land or to be engaged in any activity prohibited by the notice.

(3) The Scottish Ministers may at any time withdraw a stop notice (without prejudice to their power to serve another) by serving notice to that effect on those persons served with the stop notice.

(4) A stop notice shall take effect no earlier than the time and date specified in the notice which, except in an emergency, shall not be less than 24 hours after it has been served.

(5) A stop notice shall cease to have effect—

(a)if a notice of withdrawal is served in accordance with paragraph (3);

(b)if the Scottish Ministers grant consent for the prohibited work;

(c)if the Scottish Ministers decide that the prohibited work is not an EIA project; or

(d)in accordance with an order of the sheriff in relation to an appeal under paragraph (6).

(6) A person on whom a stop notice is served may appeal to the sheriff in relation to that notice within a period of 21 days beginning with the date of service of the notice.

(7) The making of an appeal under paragraph (6) shall not have the effect of suspending the effect of the stop notice.

(8) On determination of the appeal, the sheriff may by order quash or affirm the stop notice and, if affirming it, may do so either in its original form or with such modifications as may in the circumstances be thought fit.

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