Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Consultations for woodland creation projects in respect of the Small Woodland Grant Scheme

Consultation opened on 30 April 2021. Closing date 30 May 2021 at 23:59.

Summary

Forest Service, an Agency of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has provided an opinion on 15 projects in respect of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (as amended).Forest Service, an Agency of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has provided an opinion on 15 projects in respect of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (as amended).

Consultation description

An opinion under the Regulations is formed taking account of the selection criteria specified in the legislation. An opinion may be 'relevant' if it is considered that a project is likely to have a significant effect on the environment or 'not relevant' if a project is considered unlikely to have a significant effect on the environment. Each project is required to comply with the UK Forestry Standard, which describes the governments' approach to sustainable forestry. Forest blocks which are considered to have a significant effect on the environment have been rejected for grant support and will require an environmental statement which will also be made available for consultation, should the applicant still wish to proceed.

 

Further information may be obtained by contacting Policy and Regulation Branch at 028 6634 3034 or by emailing forest.regulation@daera-ni.gov.uk. Any person wishing to comment on the likely environmental effects of the attached projects may do so in writing by using the email link above by 30 May 2021.

 

A list of woodland creation projects is attached to this consultation. Information given includes a reference number, a general location, a grid reference, a brief description of the project and the opinion. A map for each project is also attached with a location insert. Anyone wishing to comment on a project may also do so by completing the 'online survey'.

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