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Information on the Register of Environmental Impact Assessment

The details on the Register of Environmental Impact Assessment are for information only.

The Forestry Commission is responsible for ensuring that the environmental impact of proposals that fall within any of the four forestry projects of the EIA (Forestry) Regulations is assessed.  These projects are afforestation (new planting), deforestation, forest roads and forest quarries.  The Register of Environmental Impact Assessment is required under the regulations and shows certain decisions that the Forestry Commission has made during the assessment process.

If it is considered that the project will have a significant effect on the environment, then the person proposing to carry out the work cannot proceed without consent from the Forestry Commission.  In order to apply for consent, the applicant must submit an Environmental Statement which analyses the impacts likely to have a significant impact on the environment.

What does the Register show?

The register shows details of individual cases at the following stages:

Opinion – This is the stage when the Forestry Commission decides whether a forestry project has a significant impact or not.

  • Case details presented at this stage are for information only
  • They show the Forestry Commission’s opinion on whether the project is likely to have a significant impact and therefore require our consent.
  • Opinions on this stage are displayed on the EIA Register for four weeks.

Where a project is likely to have a significant effect on the environment, then the applicant is required to apply for EIA consent if they wish to proceed with the project. Where they do apply, two further stages will be shown on the EIA register:

Consultation - As part of determining whether consent for the project will be granted or refused, a period of consultation takes place to take views on the Environmental Statement. Projects at this stage are open for comments, though you cannot submit comments through the register and should contact us for information about the proposals and how to submit comments. The consultation period last for 30 days.

Determination - The final decision stage is when the Forestry Commission decides whether to give or refuse consent for the project after reviewing the Environmental Statement and the feedback collected through the consultation.  Information at this stage is presented for information only to show the Forestry Commission’s decision and will be displayed for six weeks.  

Last updated: 19th August 2017