These Regulations implement Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private project They are concerned with general rules and administrative matters regarding the assessment of the effects of certain public and private developments. The Regulations, among other things: set out the powers of the Department of infrastructure of direction; ensure that EIA development cannot be permitted without the consideration of environmental information; describes the environmental impact assessment process; set out the matters that confirm that development is EIA development; provide with respect to appeals; set out pre-application procedures under which a developer can ask the council or Department to give a determination as to whether proposed development is EIA development or an opinion as to the information to be provided in an environmental statement; ensure that, where the proposed development also requires a Habitats Regulations Assessment, the environmental impact assessment is coordinated with that assessment, sets out the procedures when considering whether planning permission or subsequent consent should be granted, specifies the factors for imposing monitoring measures, describes the information to accompany a decision; set out transboundary procedures where development in Northern Ireland is likely either to affect other EEA states, or the reverse.The environmental sensitivity of geographical areas likely to be affected by development shall be considered, with particular regard to— (a) the existing and approved land use; (b) the relative abundance, availability, quality and regenerative capacity of natural resources (including soil, land, water and biodiversity) in the area and its underground; (c) the absorption capacity of the natural environment, paying particular attention to the following areas— (i) wetlands, riparian areas, river mouths; (ii) coastal zones and the marine environment; (iii) mountain and forest areas; (iv) nature reserves and parks.
Implements: Council Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. (1985-06-27)
Repeals: Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 (S.R. No. 74 of 2015). (2015-02-25)
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