First proposals to extend environmental assessment rules

Proposals to extend statutory environmental assessment (EA) requirements to seven additional classes of project were issued for consultation by the Department of the Environment (DoE) on 30 June.1 The new rules would also require public consultations on information provided by developers after an environmental statement has been submitted.

The DoE's proposals would make use of a section inserted in the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 following pressure from conservation groups. They argued that Britain's existing regulations on EA of projects subject to planning control, introduced in 1988, are limited in that they cannot be extended to cover projects which are not specifically listed in the 1985 EC Directive on EA. The Government relented and included a clause in the Act whi

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