The Register shows details of the decisions that we make after our assessment of the potential environmental impact of work to carry out afforestation, deforestation or to build forest roads or quarries.
We carry out this assessment as part of our responsibilities under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 and the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999.
We do not assess every application, only those where the area of the proposed work exceeds certain regulatory area thresholds. Projects with an area below the thresholds are not deemed to have a significant environmental effect.
If our opinion is that the work will have a significant environmental effect then the proposer must apply to us for consent to carry out the work before it is begun. The proposer must prepare an Environmental Statement as part of the consent application.
The register shows details of individual cases at three possible stages:
- Opinion – This is the first stage when the Forestry Commission decides whether the applicant must apply for consent. Information about this stage will be displayed for four weeks.
If consent is required and the applicant applies, then details of two further stages will be shown:
- Scoping – a scoping meeting is held to help decide the issues that must be covered in the Environmental Statement. Information about this stage will remain on the Register for five weeks.
- Determination – the final decision stage when the Forestry Commission decides whether to give consent for the project after receiving the Environmental Statement. Information about this stage will be displayed for six weeks. During this period anyone may appeal to the Court if the Forestry Commission have granted consent for the project.