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SHD Scoping and Screening (EIA and AA) Prospective Applicants Guidance

This guidance for prospective applicants outlines discretionary section 7 requests for EIA / AA screening / scoping determinations / opinions

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016
Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017

Section 7 of the Act of 2016 allows for a prospective applicant to make a request to An Bord Pleanála for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and / or an Appropriate Assessment (AA) screening determination and / or scoping opinion in regard to a proposed Strategic Housing Development (SHD).  

Such requests are entirely discretionary and are not a mandatory part of the SHD Pre-Application Consultation process.

The new arrangements will become operational on Monday, 3 July 2017 and will apply for the period up to 31 December 2019, at which time the period may be extended to 31 December 2021, subject to a review process.

An Bord Pleanála has published general guidance in respect of the various new procedures introduced in the Act of 2016. This document is one of a suite of documents relating to section 7 requests for EIA / AA screening / scoping determinations / opinions to An Bord Pleanála for SHD proposals. 

Further guidance is available in respect of pre-application consultations for SHD to An Bord Pleanála and of SHD applications direct to An Bord Pleanála