Consultation on Changes to the EIA Regulations in Wales

2 September 2016

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Following on from Scotland, the Welsh Government is now consulting on proposals for making changes to the current Town and Country Planning (EIA) (Wales) Regulations 2016 in order to implement the new EIA Directive (2014/52/EU) and to make other changes to national legislation. The consultation will be open for 12 weeks from 22nd August to 11th November 2016 and is available here.

The UK continues to be a member of the EU and as such is statutorily obligated to transpose the new EIA Directive into legislation by the deadline of 16th May 2017.

Whilst draft regulations have yet to be published, the key changes proposed are summarised below.

There are other areas of the EIA regulations where there is no substantive choice in how transposition of the new EIA Directive can be achieved (e.g. the selection criteria used to determine if a project requires EIA); these measures are not included in the Welsh Government’s consultation paper.

Surface is vastly experienced in the field of EIA and the team includes several IEMA Registered EIA Practitioners.  If you would like further details on the changes being proposed or any advice relating to EIA on your projects, please get in touch: 01904 682 770

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