Register for Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is responsible for ensuring that project proposals that fall within any of four forestry project types (afforestation, deforestation, forest roads and forest quarries) are assessed for potential environmental impact.
If we consider that a project will have a significant effect on the environment, then the person proposing to carry out the work cannot proceed without consent from us. In order to apply for consent, the applicant must submit an Environmental Statement. For more details of this, see the environmental impact assessment page.
The register of Environmental Impact Assessments is required under Environmental Impact Assessment regulations and shows information about decisions that Forestry Commission Scotland makes during the EIA process.
How does the register work?
The register shows details of individual cases at three possible stages:
- Opinion: This is the first stage. Forestry Commission Scotland decides whether the applicant must apply for consent. Information about this stage will be displayed for four weeks.
If consent is required and the applicant seeks consent, then details of two further stages will be shown:
- Scoping: A scoping meeting is held to help decide the issues that must be covered in the Environmental Statement. Information about this stage will remain on the register for five weeks
- Determination: This is the final decision stage. Forestry Commission Scotland decides whether to give consent for the project after receiving the Environmental Statement. Information about this stage will be displayed for six weeks. During this period anyone may appeal to the Court if Forestry Commission Scotland has granted consent for the project
Note that details on the register are for information only.
An explanation of the EIA process is on the environmental impact assessment page
There are more details in the Environmental Impact Assessment of Forestry Projects (PDF 551k)
The determination form (PDF 60k) is used to apply for a formal opinion on whether a full Environmental Impact Assessment is required.
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