536. Assessment of implications for European sites.

A competent authority1, before deciding to undertake or give consent, permission or other authorisation for a plan or project which is likely to have a significant effect on a European site2 or a European offshore marine site3 (either alone or in combination with other plans or projects) and is not directly connected with or necessary to its management, must make an assessment of the implications for the site in view of its conservation objectives4. The competent authority must for the purposes of the assessment consult the appropriate nature conservation body5 and also take public opinion if appropriate6. In the