Forestry EIA in England and Wales set to branch off from Scotland

Revised rules on forestry environmental impact assessments have proved controversial with Holyrood and Westminster taking different approaches

Trees along the meandering River Wye, the fifth-longest river in the UK. Photograph: Matthew Dixon/123RFEnvironmental impact assessments (EIA) for forestry projects are about to change in the UK, with Scotland taking a different route to England and Wales.

The amendments, which come into force on 16 May, are required to comply with a 2014 revision of the EU’S EIA Directive designed to lighten the administrative burdens on planners by simplifying rules for assessing potential environmental effects.

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