Consultation on Amending the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007, transposing Directive 2014/52/EU

Closed 19 Jun 2017

Opened 22 May 2017


Directive 2011/92/EU, known as the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (EIA Directive), forms part of European law and is, therefore, incorporated into our national legislation.

Environmental impact assessment is a process.  It aims to provide a high level of protection to the environment and to help bring environmental considerations into the preparation of projects to reduce their impact on the environment.  It seeks to ensure that proposals for development (referred to as 'projects' in the EIA Directive) that are likely to have a significant effect on the environment, for instance by virtue of their nature, size or location, are subject to a requirement for development consent and an assessment of those effects before the development is allowed to proceed.

EU Directive 2014/52/EU (the 2014 Directive) amended the EIA Directive by simplifying the rules for assessing the potential effects of projects on the environment in line with the drive for smarter regulation in order to lighten unnecessary administrative burdens.  It also improves the level of environmental protection, with a view to making business decisions on public and private investments more sound, more predictable and sustainable in the longer term.

The European Commission has produced an unofficial consolidated version of the Directive which is available here:-


Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to invite views on proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (SR 2007 No. 421) in order to reflect amendments introduced by the 2014 Directive.

The Regulations provide protection to areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land in Northern Ireland, which is home to many rare species of flora and fauna in their natural habitats.

This consultation invites views on the Department’s proposed changes in respect of its environmental impact assessment legislation relating to agricultural projects.  Consultees are invited to consider the proposals in their totality and provide any comments.


  • All stakeholders


  • Agriculture