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Consultation Analysis Report Environmental Impact Assessment Transposition of Directive 2014/52/EU

Consultation Analysis Report Environmental Impact Assessment Transposition of Directive 2014/52/EU

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ISBN: 9781786527745

The Scottish Government consulted on proposals for transposing the amended Environmental Impact Assessment Directive 2014/52 EU into Scottish legislation. This report summaries the responses received.

Executive Summary

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive 2011/92/EU requires an assessment of the likely significant effects of certain projects on the environment before a development consent can be granted. This has been amended by EIA Directive 2014/52/EU; however the aim remains the same, to provide a high level of protection of the environment and to contribute to the integration of environmental considerations into the preparation of projects with a view to reducing their impact on the environment.

Over twelve weeks, between 9 August 2016 and 31 October 2016, the Scottish Government consulted on proposals for transposing the amended EIA Directive into Scottish legislation. The consultation sought views on the Scottish Government’s intended approach to transposing the requirements of the Directive, and invited views on whether and to what extent changes may be required to current EIA practice.