624. Significant projects requiring consent of Natural England or Welsh Ministers.

A person must not begin or carry out a significant project1 unless he has first obtained consent from Natural England or, as the case may be, the Welsh Ministers2, and in order to obtain consent an 'environmental statement' must be included in the application3. If the project may affect another EEA state4, Natural England or, as the case may be, the Welsh Ministers must inform that state of the application and invite it to participate in the screening procedure5.

In relation to England, Natural England must consider (ensuring that in doing so it has, or has access to, any expertise