applications for certain types of development must be subject to
Environmental Impact Assessment before the application can be
Environmental Impact Assessment assesses the environmental
effects of major development proposals.
It seeks to ensure that any decisions affecting the environment
are taken with the knowledge of any potentially significant
effects. A significant effect is determined as a harmful impact of
'more than local importance.'
Does my application require Environmental Impact
Certain types of development, or any development within an
'environmentally sensitive area', which are likely to have
significant environmental effects, are likely to require
Environmental Impact Assessment.
Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment)
Regulations 2011 were brought into force on the 24 August
2011 to replace The Town and
Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations
(1999) in England.
The 2011 Regulations set out the types of development that are
likely to require Environmental Impact Assessment as either
Schedule 1 (mandatory) or Schedule 2 (discretionary) type
All applications for waste disposal require Environmental Impact
Assessment, together with most new highway proposals.
An Environmental Statement must accompany all
applications subject to Environmental Impact Assessment.
An Environmental Statement is a document prepared by the
developer containing 'environmental information'. It is normally
submitted with a planning application.
The Environmental Statement should describe the likely
significant effects of the development on the environment and any
proposed mitigation measures.
The document will be circulated to statutory consultation bodies
and made available to the public for comment. The contents of
the Environmental Statement, together with any comments, will
be taken into account before a decision is made on the
Before you apply
Applicants can contact us before submitting an application for
advice on whether a development should be subject to Environmental
Impact Assessment - this is called a screening opinion. For advice on the
content of the Environmental Statement, you can write to
us requesting a formal scoping opinion.
An Environmental Impact Assessment can take many months to
prepare so we strongly advise you to engage in pre-application
discussions with Planning Officers at an early stage.
Key government policy and guidance
The regulations governing Environmental Impact Assessment are
complex. If you would like further advice on the regulations and
procedures, see the recommended links below or contact the planning