What are screening and scoping opinions?
These are opinions issued by the planning authority under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Regulations) 2011. A screening opinion states whether the Authority or Secretary of State considers that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should be submitted for a future or current development proposal.
The broad intention of requesting a screening opinion is that developers can obtain a clear view from the local planning authority on the need for EIA well before they reach the stage of lodging a formal planning application. This should minimise the possibility of delay or uncertainty.
Once a screening opinion has been adopted it must be held on the public register for a period of two years. Please see below for our register.