IROPIImperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest (appropriate assessment of plans)
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For example one regional AA notes, for a policy advocating large-scale development which could affect European sites, that AA of relevant local policies and projects will be needed, and that 'such assessments may indicate the need to compromise development aspirations or to invoke IROPI to allow development to take place'.
Under the draft regulations, the local or regional planning authority would be responsible for testing whether their plan might pass the stringent IROPI (imperative reasons of overriding public interest) test or the even more stringent test for priority habitats and species.