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.
How does the Register work?
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 has granted consent for the project.