EIA: DCLG corrects definition of competent expert

The definition of who will be responsible for ensuring that EIA practitioners are ‘competent’ has been amended following intervention by IEMA and other membership bodies. 

In its consultation on transposing the amended Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, the Department for Communities and Local Government (Dclg) had put the onus on local planning authorities to confirm that a developer’s consultants had sufficient expertise, and do this after an environmental statement was completed.

IEMA, the Royal Town Planning Institute, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and several EIA Quality Mark registrants called for this to be amended, arguing that the approach carried significant risk of delays and costs for a developer should the ...

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