Annex C - Environmental Impact

Presiding Officer determination (Private Bills): Mandatory consultees and environmental impact

The Presiding Officer has determined under Rule 9A.1.4B that—

(a) the mandatory consultees are as follows––

  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Historic Environment  Scotland, and
  • every planning authority in whose area the proposed development or part of it is to be situated (unless such an authority is to be the promoter of the Bill)

(b) as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event at least two months in advance of the date of the Bill’s introduction, the promoter must consult the mandatory consultees on the following matters, providing sufficient information for that purpose (referred to as the “consultation material”)––

  • the nature and purpose of the proposed development
  • the affected land
  • the likely effects of the development on the environment (during both construction and operation)
  • the need for appropriate assessment under the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 (S.I. 1994/2716)
  • mitigation, and
  • the scoping of the environmental statement prior to its production

(c) the promoter must invite the mandatory consultees to express their written view on the consultation material within a specified period (of not less than 28 days) beginning on the date of receipt of the consultation material by the mandatory consultees, and

(d) when consulting the mandatory consultees, the promoter must also advise the mandatory consultees of their opportunity to lodge with the Scottish Parliament a statement in relation to the promoter’s consultation under Rule 9A.6A of Standing Orders.

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