The Scottish Government is required to transpose Directive 2014/52/EU on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) into domestic legislation. The requirements of the Directive form part of European law and must be transposed no later than 16 May 2017.
As such the Scottish Ministers have consulted on their approach and transposed the requirements into the domestic legislation of its consenting regimes including: Agriculture, Energy, Forestry, Land Drainage, Marine, Planning, Transport and Works Projects and Trunk Roads. In doing so they have sought to meet the requirements of the Directive in a way that minimises any additional regulatory burden but ensures protection of the environment.
This EQIA assesses the potential impact resulting from the mandatory changes of Directive 2014/52/EU for the 8 above regimes.