Review of forestry planting approval procedures
A review of forestry planting approval procedures was undertaken by Jim Mackinnon CBE. The review aims to reduce the complexity, duration and cost of tree planting applications.
An implementation plan has been drawn up featuring 21 recommendations. These have been grouped into work streams, each of which is intended to produce specific outputs to deliver benefits for the woodland creation process.
The delivery group
The role of the delivery group is to act as the external reference group of the Project Board:
- Providing forestry stakeholders and other external input into the development of the outputs.
- Championing the project and raising awareness within the forest sector
- Supporting the project manager in delivering the project outputs to the forest sector.
- Jo O'Hara, FCS (Chair)
- James Nott, FCS
- Brendan Callaghan, FCS
- Sue Kearns, SG
- Carol McGinnes, SEPA
- David Sulman, UKFPA
- Nick Halfhide, SNH
- Shireen Chambers, ICF
- Stuart Goodall , Confor
- Tim Liddon, Confor
- Charles Dundas, LINK
We have prepared a brief summary of how we intend to deliver each work stream, including the initial steps to be undertaken.
The intended benefits of each work stream are outlined in the table below.
1. Pre application and consultation process
2. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process improvements
|3. Approval process improvements||
|4. Management information and targets||
|5. Promotion, training and public information||
|6. Potential large regional forest creation project||