623. Screening of potentially significant projects by Natural England or Welsh Ministers.

A person must not begin or carry out an uncultivated land project in England1 or a restructuring project2 in England or Wales of an extent which is equal to or exceeds the threshold applicable to it3 (or in relation to which Natural England4 has excluded the operation of such thresholds5), or a project on semi-natural and/or uncultivated land in Wales, unless he has first obtained a screening decision6 permitting the project to proceed7.

An application for a screening decision must be made to Natural England or the Welsh Ministers