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Environmental impact assessment reforms on the way

The government is set to exempt certain development proposals from the need to submit an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Under a package of measures to be unveiled in April, the threshold for carrying out an EIA will be raised to a “significantly higher level”.
The package will also include room for automatic discharge of planning conditions where a planning authority fails to deal with applications.
Planning minister Nick Boles said the reforms would “significantly cut the burdens of unnecessary planning applications, help local authorities and developers reduce the administration involved in EIA cases and simplify the listed building consent system”.