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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 11 – Factors as to approval

23.This section sets out the factors to which the Scottish Ministers are to have regard when deciding whether to approve a qualifying abstraction. In contrast to the determination by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency of applications for the authorisation of abstractions under regulation 15 of the Controlled Activities Regulations which focuses on mitigating any adverse impacts on the water environment, Ministers must consider any economic, social and other benefits, any adverse impacts, and any relevant advice given by Scottish Water or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in deciding whether to approve a proposed abstraction. Ministers are required to give their reasons for not approving an application.

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