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Devlopment Management Practice Note 6 "Environmental Impact Assessment - Screening & Scoping Opinions"

Date: 26/6/2008

The Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations are perhaps one of the least read and studied pieces of legislation in the planning system and failure on the part of a local planning authority to comply with the procedural requirements of the Regulations can result in an EIA related decision being overturned by the courts.

The reason for this is partly because to many planners' Environmental Impact Assessment only relates to large developments and therefore there is only a very infrequent need to be aware of the requirements of the Regulations. This procedure notes does not take away from the need to be familiar with the Regulations but its role is two-fold: to make users aware of when the requirements of the Regulations might apply to Screening & Scoping Opinions and to identify some key procedural issues that must be addressed.

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