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Applying for consent

The Forestry Commission is required to provide formal consent for certain projects. The table below outlines the process for getting our consent.

1.  Make preliminary enquiries
Get assistance from the Forestry Commission to decide which countryside organisations may need to be involved with providing information that might help the preparation of the Environmental Statement.

2.  Hold a scoping meeting
This meeting between you, the Forestry Commission, countryside organisations, consultees and interested parties will help to identify the particular issues that the environmental statement must address.
A guidance leaflet about the scoping process is available

3.  Prepare an Environmental Statement (ES)
The purpose of an ES is to provide the Forestry Commission and other interested parties with as full an understanding of the consequences of the proposals as possible. 
The booklet Preparing an Environmental Statement will assist the applicant with preparing an ES.

4.  Prepare the application

  • Draw the boundary of the proposed work on a map or plan (a clear Ordnance Survey map at a scale of 1:10,000, 1:5000 or 1:2,500).
    Request a map.
  • Provide a brief description of the proposed work and the possible or potential effects on the environment (this could be a written summary or given as part of a grant scheme or felling licence application).
  • Include your ES for the work, incorporating the issues raised at the scoping meeting.
  • Gather any other information that might be relevant e.g. species maps, plans, surveys, photographs etc.

5.  Send the application
Send the documents to the local regional office. The Forestry Commission may ask for multiple copies of the application documents to send to appropriate consultees.

6.  Publicise the ES and consult

  • Once the Forestry Commission is satisfied that the ES addresses all the issues of concern as agreed at the scoping meeting then a public notice must be made
  • A Public Notice (advertisement) must be placed in two local newspapers. You are responsible for the cost of this Notice. 
    Full details about the contents of the notice are given on page 7 of Environmental Impact Assessment of Forestry Projects.
  • You must make copies of the application available in public places such as the local library, post office etc. The Forestry Commission will advise you about suitable locations. 
  • The Forestry Commission will give details of your application to the appropriate consultees and statutory bodies as well as the local authority with an interest in the application.  They are required to give us their comments within 28 days. 
  • Proposals to carry out new planting or felling will appear on the Register of New Planting and Felling.
7.  The Forestry Commission decides one of the following:
  • Grant consent subject to the standard conditions (that the work must be started within 5 years from the date of consent and finished no later than 10 years from the date of consent)
  • Grant consent subject to the standard conditions plus other conditions
  • Refuse consent

8.  The Forestry Commission publicises the decision
After notifying you and other interested parties about their decision, the Forestry Commission will advertise their decision in the same newspapers in which the notice of the application for consent was placed and will be responsible for the cost of this Notice.

Use the web links in the following table to contact the organisation concerned through their website.

Natural England

English Heritage

Environment Agency

Last updated: 31st January 2018