Why revised EIA rules are still causing confusion

Almost a year after the revision of environmental impact assessments, the new rules continue to cause confusion. Jamie Carpenter reports

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With EIAs taking up to three years, transitional rules are still being applied

Last May, an EU directive ushering in changes to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) regime was brought into force in the UK. But nine months on, the impact of the amended regime is far from clear, with transitional arrangements causing confusion and some councils unaware of the new requirements, say experts.

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