LOUISE GIBSON, Senior Associate Solicitor at MacRoberts LLP considers the forthcoming overhaul of Scottish environment licensing legislation. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Scottish Government have launched a joint consultation on proposals to overhaul the current system for environmental permitting in Scotland in a continuation of their reform agenda and SEPA’s new statutory purpose under the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. It is proposed to integrate the existing four permitting regimes into a single regime, akin to (but not identical to) the single permitting regime in England. Much of what is proposed is not new and as the consultation paper states, should mostly be recognisable to operators already regulated under an existing regime. Operators of regulated activities should, however, familiarise themselves with the specifics proposed, which could impact the obtaining of authorisations and future operations under the new framework.
(This story won’t be on the SEN website until tomorrow)
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