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[F1PART VAE+WENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

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F1Pt. VA substituted (13.3.1999) by S.I. 1999/369, reg.2

F3[F2105A Screening of projects for constructing or improving highwaysE+W

(1)If a project authority is considering a project for constructing or improving a highway for which it is the highway authority, the project authority must, before details of the project are published, determine—

(a)whether or not the project falls within Annex I or Annex II, and

(b)if it considers the project is a relevant project falling within Annex II, whether it should be made subject to an environmental impact assessment.

(2)In this Part “project authority” means—

(a)the Secretary of State,

(b)the Welsh Ministers, or

(c)a strategic highways company.

(3)When making a determination under subsection (1)(b), a project authority must have regard to the following—

(a)the information to be provided on the project under Annex II.A,

(b)the selection criteria in Annex III,

(c)any features of the project or measures envisaged to avoid or prevent what might otherwise be significant adverse effects on the environment, and

(d)the results of any relevant environmental assessment which are reasonably available to the authority.

(4)The project authority must make a determination under subsection (1)(b)—

(a)as soon as possible, and

(b)in any event within the period of 90 days beginning with the day on which it has access to the information mentioned in paragraphs (a), (c) and (d) of subsection (3).

(5)If the project authority is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so by reason of exceptional circumstances relating to a project (including circumstances relating to the nature, complexity, location or size of project), it may extend the period specified in subsection (4)(b).]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F3Pt. VA substituted (13.3.1999) by S.I. 1999/369, reg. 2

Modifications etc. (not altering text)