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Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) look at the environmental effects of major development proposals.

More information about Environmental Impact Assessments can be found at:

Screening Opinion

A request for a Screening Opinion in relation to development where an application for planning permission has been or is proposed to be submitted must provide the following:

  • A plan sufficient to identify the land;
  • A description of the development, including in particular—
    • a description of the physical characteristics of the development and, where relevant, of demolition works;
    • a description of the location of the development, with particular regard to the environmental sensitivity of geographical areas likely to be affected;
  • A description of the aspects of the environment likely to be significantly affected by the development;
  • To the extent the information is available, a description of any likely significant effects of the proposed development on the environment resulting from—
    • the expected residues and emissions and the production of waste, where relevant; and
    • the use of natural resources, in particular soil, land, water and biodiversity; and
  • Such other information or representations as the person making the request may wish to provide or make, including any features of the proposed development or any measures envisaged to avoid or prevent what might otherwise have been significant adverse effects on the environment.

Further information is available in The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017

Scoping Opinions

A Scoping Opinion is produced when the planning authority receives a request from a prospective applicant for  a statement specifying the information to be provided in an Environmental Statement. The request for a Scoping Opinion should be accompanied by:

  • A plan identifying the land
  • A brief description of the nature and purpose of the development and of its possible effects on the environment
  • Other information or representations as the person making the request may wish to provide or make.

The planning authority has five weeks to produce the Scoping Opinion unless a longer period is agreed with the party making the request and is required to consult with those parties which would be statutory consultees if a planning application were to be submitted for the development proposed. The County Council will consult those Parish Councils for the parishes within which the proposed development would be located. There is no requirement for wider public consultation.

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