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Prior Basic and Full Notification

If your forestry project is an afforestation project between 2 and 50 hectares, it may be eligible for either Prior Basic or Full Notification, which you may find to be a less demanding route than applying for opinion.

Prior Basic Notification

For afforestation projects between 2 and 5 hectares in non-sensitive areas, Prior Basic Notification will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements under the EIA Regulations. Please see the Land Information Search to find out if your project is in a sensitive area or not.

Prior Basic Notification submitted to the Forestry Commission must include: 

  • a description of the proposal for the project
  • a map or plan sufficient to identify the land that is the subject of the proposed project (including its boundaries) and
  • information about the proposer and any agent or manager of the proposer.

The Forestry Commission may request further information from the proposer within 28 days of the notification being received. If the proposer does not receive an assessment from the Forestry Commission within 28 days then they may assume that the project is unlikely to have significant effects on the environment, and therefore that it is not a relevant project. No further action will then be required under the EIA Regulations.

Prior Full Notification

For afforestation projects between 5 and 50 hectares in low risk areas, Prior Full Notification will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements under the EIA Regulations. To find out if your project is in a sensitive area or not, please see the Land Information Search.

Full Notification submitted to the Forestry Commission on the EIA Enquiry Form must also include: 

  1. a description of the proposals for the project, including evidence that the proposals are consistent with good forestry practice
  2. information about the land which the project covers or affects, including a map or plan sufficient to identify the land and its boundaries, habitats and water features
  3. evidence that the proposer has consulted on the project with the person responsible for maintaining the Local Environment Records for the area and with:
     - in respect of the possible impact of the project on any water features, the Environment Agency;
     - in respect of the possible impact of the project on the landscape, the relevant local authority;
     - in respect of the possible impact of the project on the historic environment, the person responsible for maintaining the Historic Environment Records for the area
  4. information about the proposer and any agent or manager of the proposer.

The Forestry Commission may request further information from the proposer within 42 days of the notification being received. If the proposer does not hear back from the Forestry Commission within 42 days of either then they may assume that the project is unlikely to have a significant effect on the environment, and therefore that it is not a relevant project.  No further action will then be required under the EIA Regulations.

Grant Applications

Applications for grant aid from the Forestry Commission for afforestation projects of 2 to 5 hectares, where no part of the land is in a sensitive area, will remove the need for a ‘Prior Basic Notification’. Where the applicant is offered a grant, they will receive confirmation that the project is not likely to have a significant impact on the environment and that no further action under the EIA Regulations is required by them.

Applications for grant aid from the Forestry Commission for afforestation projects of  5 to 50 hectares, entirely within low risk areas, will be assessed in tandem with the associated Prior Full Notification (which will be submitted as part of the grant application)

Last updated: 31st January 2018