Scottish Land & Estates attended an event on the following consultation: Transposition of Environmental Impact Assessment Directive 2014/52/EU (known as EIA Directive) into Scottish legislation. The EIA Directive requires an assessment of the effects of certain projects on the environment before a development can be granted.
The new Directive amends EIA Directive 2011/92/EU to provide a high level of protection for the environment and to contribute to the integration of environmental considerations into the preparation of projects with a view to reduce their impact on the environment.
Particular topics of interest for developers included: the avoidance of undue burden; the impact of increased attention climate change and human health; and monitoring of the process. Others noted concerns over the decision not to define in legislation “any particular route to or procedures for accreditation” for competent experts required to prepare the EIA Report.