This guidance has now been archived. Current guidance is available on the GOV.UK page: EIA (Agriculture) regulations: apply to make changes to rural land. There may be an older copy of this guidance available within the UK Government Web Archive.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) (No.2) Regulations 2006 came into force on 10 October 2006, Natural England is the regulator. The Regulations implement (in part) the 1985 European Community Directive 337 which require a formal procedure to assess the potential environmental impact of certain changes to land use before agricultural works are allowed to proceed.
This guidance is for owners, tenants and land managers who will need to consider these Regulations. It has been updated as part of Natural England’s regular review of external guidance. Part of the text has been amended to clarify some matters since the Regulations have been in force.