[71A Assessment of environmental effects]
[71A Assessment of environmental effects]

[(1)     The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision about the consideration to be given, before planning permission[, or permission in principle,] for development of any class specified in the regulations is granted, to the likely environmental effects of the proposed development.

(2)     The regulations—

(a)     may make the same provision as, or provision similar or corresponding to, any provision made, for the purposes of any [EU] obligation of the United Kingdom about the assessment of the likely effects of development on the environment, under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972; and

(b)     may make different provision for different classes of development.