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Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is used to assess the significant effects of proposed development on the environment.

EIA applies to a broad range of developments from large scale developments to smaller projects that are considered to have 'significant' environmental effects.

To find out if your development will need an EIA you can apply to us for a screening option. We will respond within three weeks.

To apply for a screening option for EIA you should email us with a:

  • plan indication the proposed location of the development
  • brief description of the proposal
  • description of the possible environmental effects, including any mitigation measures

If we decide an EIA is required and you don't agree, you have a right of appeal.

More information on EIA is available from the Scottish Government. In addition, Planning Circular 1/2017 gives guidance on The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.

Page last updated:
05 Oct 2020

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