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The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Undetermined Reviews of Old Mineral Permissions) (Wales) Regulations 2009

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Substitute scoping directions

15.—(1) This regulation applies to any EIA application in respect of which all of the following conditions are met—

(a)a relevant scoping decision has been notified;

(b)notification under regulation 18(21) has yet to be been given; and

(c)the EIA application in question has been referred to the Welsh Ministers for determination.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), a relevant scoping decision has been notified if, in relation to the EIA application in question, the relevant mineral planning authority has complied with regulation 12(7), or the Welsh Ministers have complied with regulation 13(12).

(3) The Welsh Ministers may make a scoping direction in relation to an EIA application to which this regulation applies if they consider it expedient to do so.

(4) A scoping direction made under paragraph (3) replaces, for the purposes of these Regulations–

(a)the scoping opinion adopted under regulation 12; and

(b)any scoping direction made under regulation 13.

(5) If the Welsh Ministers consider that they do not have sufficient information to make a scoping direction under paragraph (3) they must notify the applicant or a relevant operator in writing of the additional information (“scoping information”) they require and of the matters set out in paragraph 10 of Schedule 3.

(6) For the purposes of paragraph (5), a relevant operator is any operator which the Welsh Ministers reasonably consider is, or should be, able to provide scoping information.

(7) The Welsh Ministers may in writing, request the relevant mineral planning authority to provide such information as it can in relation to scoping information required pursuant to a written notification given under paragraph (5).

(8) A request made pursuant to paragraph (7) must be accompanied by a copy of the notification given under paragraph (5) to which the request relates.

(9) A mineral planning authority to which a request is made under paragraph (7) must, within 3 weeks of the date on which that request is made, or such longer period as is agreed in writing with the Welsh Ministers—

(a)provide such information as it can in relation to the scoping information; or

(b)notify the Welsh Ministers in writing of the reasons why it cannot provide any such information.

(10) Scoping information required pursuant to a written notification given under paragraph (5) must be provided within 3 weeks beginning with the date on which notification under that paragraph is given, or such longer period as may be agreed in writing with the Welsh Ministers (“the relevant period”).

(11) If scoping information required pursuant to written notification given under paragraph (5) is not provided within the relevant period the planning permission to which the EIA application relates ceases to authorise any minerals development from the end of the relevant period.

(12) The Welsh Ministers must not make a scoping direction under paragraph (3) until they have consulted the applicant, any relevant operator notified under paragraph (5), and the consultation bodies.

(13) As soon as reasonably practicable following the making of a scoping direction under paragraph (3), the Welsh Ministers must send to the applicant a copy of that direction and written notification of the matters set out in paragraph 11 of Schedule 3.

(14) The Welsh Ministers must send a copy of any scoping direction made under this regulation to the relevant mineral planning authority.

(15) The making of a scoping direction under this regulation does preclude the Welsh Ministers from giving written notification under regulation 26 (further information) or 27 (evidence).

(16) The Welsh Ministers may withdraw a written notification given under paragraph (5) at any time before the expiration of the relevant period.

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