HC Deb 25 June 2001 vol 370 cc19-20W
Mr. Kidney

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in what circumstances he(a) requires and (b) expects an environmental impact assessment in support of an application for permission for development. [21]

Ms Keeble

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 give effect to the requirements of Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. The regulations apply to categories of projects specified in schedules 1 and 2 of the regulations. For development listed in schedule 1 of the regulations, environmental impact assessment is always required before planning permission may be granted. For development listed in schedule 2, an assessment is required if the project is likely to have a significant effect on the environment by virtue of factors such as its nature, scale or location.