New consent system set out in EIA proposals for farming

A second consultation on the application of EU environmental impact assessment (EIA) requirements to projects involving the conversion of uncultivated and semi-natural areas to intensive agriculture was launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 4 September.1 It includes proposals for a tough-looking consent system - but DEFRA is reassuring farmers that it will strive to apply the rules with a light touch.

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