Scottish Land & Estates, this week, responded to the consultation on the transposition of EU Directive 2014/52 on Environmental Impact Assessment regulations. The consultation makes recommendations seeking to minimise additional regulatory burden whilst protecting the environment. Scottish Land & Estates’ submission broadly supports the recommendations made in the consultation.
Points of note include, Scottish Land & Estates is against the idea that no construction takes place until all relevant operational permits are in place. In preparing a reasoned conclusion, Scottish Land & Estates is concerned that the definition of what is ‘reasonable’ might not be clear to developers. We support the idea of not defining any route for accreditation of competent experts so as not to inadvertently exclude other relevant experts. Scottish Land & Estates also backs the idea of increasing the threshold for afforestation in non-sensitive areas from 5 hectares to 20 hectares