1. As soon as is reasonably practicable the Welsh Ministers must, for the purpose of determining whether the project permitted by the decision or consent will adversely affect the integrity of the site, make an appropriate assessment of the implications of the project for the European site in view of the site’s conservation objectives.
2. For the purposes of the assessment, the Welsh Ministers may —
(a)require any person interested in the relevant land to supply them with such information as they reasonably think necessary; and
(b)if they consider it necessary, consult members of the public.
3. Unless, following the assessment, the Welsh Ministers are satisfied that the project permitted by the decision or consent will not adversely affect the integrity of the European site, and regulation 16(4) does not apply, the Welsh Ministers must—
(a)in the case of a decision, revoke the decision; and
(b)in the case of a consent, either—
(i)revoke the consent; or
(ii)make such modifications to the consent as appear to them to be necessary to ensure that the project will not adversely affect the integrity of the European site,
and the Welsh Ministers must notify all persons who appear to them to have an interest in the relevant land of their decision (its “further decision”).
4. Subject to paragraph 5, a further decision does not affect any works that have already been carried out in relation to a decision or consent.
(a)a project which is subject to a further decision has commenced; and
(b)it appears to the Welsh Ministers to be necessary to safeguard the integrity of the European site,
the Welsh Ministers may by notice require the person responsible for carrying out such works, or any person with an interest in the relevant land, to carry out such works of reinstatement as may be reasonable in the circumstances.
(2) A notice under paragraph (1) must state the period during which the works must be carried out.
(3) Any person who carries out such reinstatement works is entitled, on making a claim in accordance with paragraph 8, to recover from the Welsh Ministers compensation in respect of any expenses reasonably incurred by him or her in carrying out those works.
6.—(1) Regulation 31 applies to a decision made under paragraph 3.
(2) Regulation 30 applies to a notice served under paragraph 5.
7. If, following a further decision under paragraph 3, a person has incurred expenditure in carrying out work which is rendered abortive by the further decision, or has otherwise sustained loss or damage which is directly attributable to the further decision, he or she is entitled to be paid compensation on submitting a claim in accordance with paragraph 8.
8. A claim for compensation payable under paragraph 5(3) or 7 must be submitted to the Welsh Ministers within 6 weeks of the notification of the decision in which compensation is payable and must be accompanied by such evidence as the Welsh Ministers may reasonably require.
9. Any dispute as to the amount of compensation payable under paragraphs 5(3) and 7 may be referred to the Lands Tribunal within 6 years of the date of notification of the further decision in respect of which compensation is payable.
10. Nothing in this Schedule affects anything done in pursuance of a decision or consent before the date the site became a European site.