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Free Legislation Updates June 2019

This free legal update provides selected items from the most recent monthly email. Subscribers to Greenspace receive full updates on new and forthcoming legislation applicable to their organisation each month. These emails also communicate new publications, consultations and legal case studies.

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Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019

This regulation will impose a requirement for ships of more than 400 gross tonnes to be issued with an international energy efficiency certificate. Ships of more than 5,000 gross tonnes will be required to report fuel consumption data.

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Marine Licensing (Exempted Activities) (Amendment) Order 2019

This regulation will introduce three new exemptions from the requirement to hold a marine licence. These relate to the recovery of marine litter etc. in the course of diving activities, using vehicles or vessels to remove marine litter or debris and depositing substances removed from the hull of a vessel in the course of certain activities (e.g. cleaning). This Order also amends conditions on a number of existing exemptions.

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Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development, Advertisement and Compensation Amendments (England) Regulations 2019

This regulation will revise the types of development that may be carried out without full planning permission.

The new class JA allows retail premises (e.g. takeaways, launderettes and betting offices) to be changed to office use (class B1). Permitted development rights to build larger rear extensions to dwelling houses are also made permanent.

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Energy Act 2011 (Commencement No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2019

This Act will enable regulations to be made requiring that private rented domestic and non-domestic properties in Scotland meet a minimum energy efficiency standard.

This standard is defined as a minimum rating on an energy performance certificate (EPC) In the domestic private rented sector, this is anticipated to be EPC Band E initially, later rising to Band D.

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Conservation (Natural Habitats, &C.) (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

This regulation will create a UK network of sites previously designated under the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC and Wild Birds Directive 2009/147/EC.

The European Commission’s role regarding the designation of protected sites will be transferred to the Scottish Ministers. The Scottish ministers will assume the European Commissions administrative and enforcement powers under retained EU law.

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Electricity Capacity (No.1) Regulations 2019

This regulation will provide capacity market rules for the ‘standstill period’. No capacity payments will be provided to holders of capacity agreements during the 'standstill period'.

The ongoing 'standstill period' will end on a ‘trigger event’ when it is determined capacity payments can be made in accordance with State aid law. If the ‘trigger event’ is not reached before 1 October 2020, existing capacity market agreements will be terminated immediately without further payments.


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