The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (“the 2017 Regulations”) came into force on 16th May 2017 with respect to EIA development and applications accompanied by an Environmental Statement submitted after that date.
These Regulations supersede The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011(e) (“the 2011 Regulations”) and subsequent amending instruments.
This is with the exception of any EIA applications already under consideration by the Local Planning Authority on 16th May 2017, or which are being submitted on the basis of a screening opinion that was requested before that date which will continue to be considered under the 2011 Regulations.
The key changes to the 2017 Regulations are to screening procedures, binding scoping opinions, environmental factors, use of competent experts, consultation timeframes, coordinated procedures and content of decision notices.
Further information and advice on Environmental Impact Assessments can be found in the Planning Practice Guidance which has been updated to reflect these changes.