What is a screening opinion?
Before submitting a planning application, potential applicants
can apply for an opinion on whether a development should be subject
Impact Assessment. This is called a screening opinion.
Requests should be made in writing and be accompanied by:
- a plan sufficient to identify the land
- a brief description of the proposed development's nature,
purpose and possible effects upon the environment
- any information or representation from the developer.
Applicants have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State
for a Screening Direction to determine whether an assessment
Screening criteria is set out in the
The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment)
Regulations 2011. It is based upon a proposed
development's characteristics, location and potential impacts.
Applicants can also seek advice on the content of the
Environmental Statement by requesting a scoping opinion.