14th November 2017

SI 2017/1070

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Miscellaneous Amendments Relating to Harbours, Highways and Transport) Regulations 2017.  Comes into force 5th December. These Regulations implement Directive 2014/52/EU amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. They relate specifically to harbour works (in England and Wales and Scotland), the construction or improvement of highways (in England and Wales) and certain transport related works (in England and Wales).  The amendments are to:

Harbours Act 1964 (c. 40) which makes provision for harbour revision and empowerment orders. Highways Act 1980 (c. 66) to provide for procedures governing the environmental impact assessment of projects for the construction or improvement of highways, mainly trunk roads, in England. Transport and Works Act 1992 (c. 42) and the Transport and Works (Applications and Objections Procedure) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 (SI 2006/1466) which make provision for orders authorising transport-related works in England and Wales.
10th November 2017

SI 2017/1078.

The Planning Act 2008 (Commencement No. 3) (England) Order 2017. Comes into force 1st January 2018. Sections 14(1)(m) and (n), 27 and 28.

This Order brings into force provisions of the Planning Act 2008 which determine when development relating to the transfer of water resources or to the construction or alteration of a dam or reservoir will constitute a nationally significant infrastructure project.

3rd November 2017

SI 2017/1053.

The Electricity Capacity (Amendment) Regulations 2017. Comes into force 1st November. These Regulations amend the Electricity Capacity Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/2043).

Amendments are made with the connection to the de-rating of DSR CMUs, the settlement body is now permitted to make deductions under certain conditions and the requirement to maintain applicant credit cover until a CMU is achieved is entrenched. Schedule 2 amends the Supplier Payment Regulations so that the capacity market supplier charge and settlements costs levy will be collected based on “gross demand”, instead of “net demand”.