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The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Wales) Regulations 2017

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7.  Regulation 14 and its heading are to be read as if they provided—

Scoping opinions and scoping directions

14.(1) Where a proposed section 97 order or section 102 order permit or require EIA development, the initiating body may state its opinion as to the scope and level of detail of the information to be provided in the environmental statement.

(2) Before issuing a scoping opinion or scoping direction under paragraph (1) the initiating body must include—

(a)a plan sufficient to identify the land;

(b)a brief description of the nature and purpose of the development including its location and technical capacity;

(c)its likely significant effects on the environment; and

(d)such other information or representations as the initiating body may wish to provide or make.

(3) An initiating body must not adopt a scoping opinion or scoping direction until they have consulted the consultees.

(4) Before adopting a scoping opinion or scoping direction the initiating body must take into account—

(a)the information prepared by the initiating body about the proposed development in accordance with paragraph (2);

(b)the specific characteristics of the particular development;

(c)the specific characteristics of development of the type concerned; and

(d)the environmental features likely to be affected by the development.

(5) A local planning authority may ask the Welsh Ministers under regulation 15(1) to make a direction as to the information to be provided in the environmental statement.

(6) If the Welsh Ministers make a scoping direction of their own volition or at the request of a third party, they must send a copy to the local planning authority which initiated the order.

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