Thursday, August 2, 2018
The European Union (Planning and Development)(Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 will come into operation on 1 September 2018.
They seek to transpose EIA Directive 2014/52/EU and to give further effect to the 2011 Directive. They do so by way of extensive amendments to existing planning legislation and a timely consolidation of the legislation would be welcome.
Transitional arrangements are expressly provided for in Section 3 that the existing legislation shall continue to apply in respect of certain EIA scoping and screening requests and determinations and applications for consent made prior to 16 May 2017 – the transposition date for the Directive rather than the date the Regulations come into operation.
These Regulations will require careful consideration. In addition to the anticipated changes amending the information which must be submitted by applicants for permission and the factors which must be considered by the relevant authorities during the screening and EIA process, there are also other interesting changes to the legislation in the EIA context. By way of initial observation:
The Regulations can be found at this link: http://opac.oireachtas.ie/AWData/Library3/HPLGdoclaid010818_095321.pdf
We understand that the Department is due to publish Guidance on the Regulations next week.
Please contact Our Planning and Environmental Team if you have any queries