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The Environmental Impact Assessment and Natural Habitats (Extraction of Minerals by Marine Dredging) (England and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2007

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31.—(1) An application under either of the procedures mentioned in paragraph (3) or (4) which remains undetermined at commencement shall (unless withdrawn) be treated as an application for permission or, as the case may be, variation duly made under these Regulations if—

(a)it includes an environmental statement; or

(b)an environmental statement is supplied to the regulator in respect of it within the period of 14 days from commencement.

(2) Steps taken in accordance with those procedures in relation to an application that is treated as mentioned in paragraph (1) shall be treated as steps taken under regulation 12, to the extent that the regulator is satisfied that the steps as taken by the applicant publicise that application to substantially the same extent as an application would have been publicised by the regulator under regulation 12.

(3) The procedures referred to in paragraph (1) in relation to an application for permission to carry out dredging in British waters are those set out in—

(a)the document entitled “Offshore Dredging for Sand, Gravel and Other Minerals”, dated April 1989, and published by the Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office; and

(b)the document entitled “Government View: New Arrangements for the Licensing of Minerals Dredging”, dated May 1998, and published by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Welsh Office.

(4) The procedures referred to in paragraph (1) in relation to an application for permission to carry out dredging in Northern Ireland are those set out in paragraph (3)(b), as modified in the document entitled “Government View: Interim Arrangements for the Licensing of Marine Minerals Dredging in Northern Ireland”, dated May 2006, and published by the Department of the Environment.

(5) Where a permission is granted or varied as a result of any application to which this regulation applies, these Regulations shall apply to it as they do to permissions granted as a result of an application under regulation 10.

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