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The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

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PART 8MULTI-STAGE REGULATORY APPROVALS

Prohibition on granting a multi-stage regulatory approval without an environmental impact assessment

26.  The Scottish Ministers must not grant an application for multi-stage regulatory approval in respect of an EIA project unless an environmental impact assessment has been carried out in respect of that project and in carrying out such assessment the Scottish Ministers have taken the environmental information into account.

Application for a multi-stage regulatory approval where EIA report previously provided

27.  Where—

(a)an application for a multi-stage regulatory approval which is before the Scottish Ministers for determination relates to regulatory approval for an EIA project;

(b)an EIA report has previously been submitted by the applicant in relation to the works;

(c)it appears to the Scottish Ministers that the works, or the part of the works to which the application for multi-stage regulatory approval relates, as the case may be, may have significant effects on the environment that have not previously been identified; and

(d)the applicant has not submitted additional information in respect of those effects together with the application for multi-stage regulatory approval,

the Scottish Ministers must seek supplementary information from the applicant in accordance with regulation 21(2) in respect of such effects.

Application for a multi-stage regulatory approval without EIA report

28.—(1) Where—

(a)it appears to the Scottish Ministers that an application for multi-stage regulatory approval which is before them for determination relates to schedule 1 works;

(b)the works in question have not been the subject of a screening opinion; and

(c)an EIA report has not been submitted by the applicant in relation to the works,

the Scottish Ministers must adopt a screening opinion in respect of the works.

(2) Where—

(a)it appears to the Scottish Ministers that an application for multi-stage regulatory approval which is before them for determination relates to schedule 2 works;

(b)it appears to them that the works in question may have significant effects on the environment that have not previously been identified (whether in an earlier screening opinion or because the works have not been the subject of a screening opinion); and

(c)an EIA report has not been submitted by the applicant in relation to the works,

the Scottish Ministers must adopt a screening opinion in respect of the works.

(3) Where the Scottish Ministers adopt a screening opinion under paragraph (1) or (2) to the effect that the works to which the application for multi-stage regulatory approval relates are an EIA project, the Scottish Ministers must notify the applicant, in writing, that the submission of an EIA report is required.

(4) The Scottish Ministers must notify the applicant in accordance with paragraph (3) within the period of 3 weeks beginning with the date of the screening opinion.

(5) An applicant who receives a notification under paragraph (3) may, within the period of 3 weeks beginning with the date of the notification, write to the Scottish Ministers stating that an EIA report will be provided and may under regulation 14 request the Scottish Ministers to adopt a scoping opinion.

(6) If the applicant does not write in accordance with paragraph (5), the Scottish Ministers are under no duty to deal with the application and, at the end of the 3 week period, the Scottish Ministers must inform the applicant, in writing, that no further action is being taken on the application.

(7) If the applicant writes by virtue of paragraph (5), but does not provide an EIA report to the Scottish Ministers, then the Scottish Ministers are to determine the application only by refusing regulatory approval.

Modification of Regulations relating to an application for multi-stage regulatory approval

29.—(1) These Regulations apply to an application for multi-stage regulatory approval as if—

(a)references to an application for regulatory approval were references to an application for multi-stage regulatory approval;

(b)references to an EIA application were references to an application for multi-stage regulatory approval for an EIA project; and

(c)in regulation 30(5)(b) the reference to “regulatory approval” were a reference to “multi-stage regulatory approval”.

(2) Regulations 23(2)(d), (e) and (g) and 25(1)(b) and (2) apply in respect of the notification of a decision on an application for multi-stage regulatory approval only where an EIA report or additional information has been first submitted or provided by the applicant to the Scottish Ministers in connection with that application.

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