Concern raised over local authority EIA resources

Practitioners fear local planning authorities will struggle to accomplish their new duties under the amended environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations.

In a webinar hosted by IEMA on the government’s plans to transpose the revised EIA Directive in England, 89% of participants were wary of the changes.

IEMA policy lead Josh Fothergill, who chaired the webinar, has also hosted a series of workshops to tie in with the communities department (DCLG) consultation on the proposals, which closed at the end of January.

If the amendments go through, planners will have extra responsibilities, including: setting out the reasons behind decisions taken on issues considered in environmental statements (ES); assessing proposals to mitigate ...

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