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The Environmental Assessment (Forestry) Regulations 1998

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9.—(1) A person who makes an application for consent under regulation 7 or who provides further information under regulation 8 shall publish a notice in accordance with paragraph (2) below in such newspapers (not being less than two) as the Commissioners reasonably may require for the purposes of ensuring –

(a)the application for consent or, as the case may be, the information provided under regulation 8, is made available to the public; and

(b)the public concerned is given an opportunity to express an opinion before the application for consent is determined.

(2) A notice required by paragraph (1) above shall –

(a)state that the application has been made or, as the case may be, that the further information has been furnished to the Commissioners;

(b)specify an office of the Commissioners or other place nominated by them at which copies of the application or the further information may be inspected free of charge at all reasonable hours within 28 days beginning with the date of publication of the notice;

(c)specify an address at which copies of the application or the further information may be obtained from the applicant and if a charge is to be made for a copy, the amount (not exceeding a reasonable charge for copying), of the charge; and

(d)state that any person wishing to make representations regarding the application or the further information should make them in writing to the Commissioners at a specified address nominated by them, within 28 days beginning with the date of publication of the notice.

(3) On receipt of an application for consent under regulation 7, or of further information under regulation 8, the Commissioners shall provide copies of the application or, as the case may be, the further information, together with a notice stating that any representations regarding the application or the further information should be made in writing to the Commissioners within 28 days beginning with the date of the notice, to –

(a)the countryside bodies, and

(b)any local authority or other public authority which appears to the Commissioners to have an interest in the application.

(4) In this regulation, reference to an application shall include a reference to the documents accompanying that application.

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