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The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007

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Screening opinions

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11.—(1) An applicant may request a screening opinion from the appropriate authority at any time before he applies for a regulatory approval in relation to a regulated activity.

(2) If the request is made and the applicant does not defer making his application until the screening opinion is given, the regulator must not deal with the application until after the appropriate authority has given its screening opinion.

(3) If an applicant makes an application for a regulatory approval in relation to a regulated activity without having requested a screening opinion and the regulator considers that the regulated activity is one in relation to which it must be determined in accordance with regulation 7 or 8 that an environmental impact assessment is required, the regulator—

(a)must direct the applicant to request a screening opinion from the appropriate authority; and

(b)must not deal with the application until after the appropriate authority has given its screening opinion.

(4) The procedures for requesting and giving screening opinions are set out in Schedule 2.

(5) If the screening opinion is that an environmental impact assessment is not required for the project in the course of which the regulated activity would be carried out, the application may (subject to regulation 10(3) or (4), if either applies) proceed in accordance with the relevant legislation.

(6) If the screening opinion is that an environmental impact assessment is required for the regulated activity, the regulator must reject the application unless it is one which is capable of being dealt with in accordance with Part 3 without changes being made to the application.

(7) Where paragraph (2), (3), (5) or (6) applies in relation to an application under relevant legislation that provides that an applicant may proceed to carry out a regulated activity without further consent unless the regulator takes some step within a specified period—

(a)any time prior to the giving of the screening opinion by the appropriate authority does not count in the calculation of that period; and

(b)where the appropriate authority gives a screening opinion to the effect that an environmental impact assessment is required for the regulated activity, the regulator is to be treated for the purposes of the relevant legislation as having taken, within the specified period, a step of such a kind as precludes the applicant from proceeding to carry out the regulated activity without further consent.

(8) Paragraphs (2), (3) (5), (6) and (7) apply notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in the relevant legislation.

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