Government confirms EIA exemption
Developments subject to an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or likely to have a significant effect on qualifying European sites or designed to manage flood risk will be exempt under plans by the government for a "deemed discharge" on some planning conditionsThe government will also exempt conditions relating to the investigation and remediation of contaminated land and sites of special scientific interest when it introduces secondary legislation later this year. New guidance on development consent orders (DCO) is also being developed to help determine whether a change is more or less likely to be material. The government says the wording of the guidance in relation to updates to the environmental statement will take into account comments made on the need to refer to new significant environmental effects.
In June 2021, the UK’s governing Conservative Party lost a by-election in Chesham and Amersham, a seat it had held for 47 years. The principal reasons reported as the cause of this defeat were proposed planning reforms and the promotion of housebuilding on greenfield sites across the south of England.
As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the EIA Quality Mark, IEMA can announce that, during the past 12 months, the scheme has undergone a thorough review of practice, including stakeholder consultation with registrants and assessors, in order to improve it.
The delivery of effective outcomes for the environment, communities and development is a team effort, and more so when it comes to consenting projects that undergo Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).