Environmental impact assessment—screening and scoping
Environmental impact assessment—screening and scoping

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental impact assessment—screening and scoping
  • Introduction
  • Deciding what the project is
  • Screening
  • Scoping
  • EIA and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
  • Brexit and EIA

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content. For further guidance, see Brexit and EIA below, Practice Note: Brexit—the implications for English and Welsh planning law and practice or visit the Planning area of the Brexit toolkit.

Introduction

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) aims to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority (LPA), in deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, takes into account those likely significant effects in the decision-making process.

EU Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the Directive) is implemented from 16 May 2017 onwards by:

  1. the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (English EIA Regulations), SI 2017/571 in England, and

  2. the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Wales) Regulations 2017 (Welsh EIA Regulations), SI 2017/567 in Wales

together with the 'EIA Regulations'.

Where a request for a scoping opinion was made, or an environmental statement submitted, before 16 May 2017, projects will continue to be governed by:

  1. the Town and