Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a way of helping farmers, landowners and others to consider the environmental effects of changing the way they farm.

EIA Regulations for agriculture

Under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007, any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). DARD will screen all such applications and any that are likely to have significant environmental effects will be requested to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment before a decision on whether the project can go ahead is given.

It is an offence to carry out any such work without prior permission from DARD. DARD may serve a notice to stop unauthorised works with immediate effect. It is an offence not to comply with a stop notice.
In addition the offender may be liable for the cost of reinstating the land to its former condition. If after a conviction, the land is not reinstated as requested, a further daily fine will be imposed until the reinstatement work is carried out.

Agriculture EIA decisions

Recent decisions under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

Name of applicant Location  Project Decision
Millar Co. Tyrone Reclaim whins to grass Project exempt
McElholm Co. Tyrone Drainage works Project exempt
Abraham Co. Armagh Cultivation and soil improvements Project exempt
White Co. Down Cultivation and reseeding Project exempt
Stewart Co. Tyrone Restructuring, draining and cultivating Environmental Statement required
Skillen Co. Down Scrub removal and reseeding Project exempt
Kerrigan Co. Fermanagh Scrub removal Project exempt
Trotter Co. Down Soil spreading and reseeding Project exempt
Skillen Co. Down Scrub removal Application withdrawn
Watson Co. Tyrone Deforestation Project exempt

For further information contact:-

Countryside Management Unit,
Loughry Campus, Loughry,
County Tyrone, BT80 9AA

Tel: 028 8676 8310
Email: eia@daera-ni.gov.uk

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