The Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. Comes into force 16th May. These regulations revoke and replace Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2263) and amendments. The main changes from SI 2009/2263 are:
- to the circumstances in which a project may be exempt from the EIA process;
- the introduction of co-ordinated procedures for projects which are also subject to assessment under Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora or Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of Wild Birds;
- to the list of environmental factors to be considered as part of the EIA process;
- to the information to be provided to inform a screening decision and the criteria to be applied when making a screening decision;
- to the way in which an environmental statement is to be prepared
- to the means by which the public is to be informed of projects which are subject to the EIA process;
- and a requirement for decision-makers to avoid conflicts of interest.