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SHD Scoping and Screening: Considerations for An Bord Pleanála (EIA)

This page explains the consideration for An Bord Pleanála when screening and scoping for EIA

Screening and scoping for EIA - Considerations for An Bord Pleanála  

Screening Determination for EIA

An Bord Pleanála will have regard to the criteria in Schedule 7 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) in making its EIA screening determination and deciding on whether the proposed SHD would be likely to have significant effects on the environment.  

Where the SHD would be located on, in or have potential to impact on the sites / areas referred to in Article 289(2) of the Regulations of 2017 it shall also have regard to the likely significant effects on such sites or areas in making that determination. 

Where An Bord Pleanála concludes that the proposed SHD is likely to have a significant effect on the environment it will notify the applicant that an EIS / EIAR is required to be submitted as part of the application for the development.  

In making any such screening request the prospective applicants must provide an opinion as to whether the proposed SHD is likely to have significant effects on the environment and the grounds for such.  In this regard the prospective applicant should note the provisions and implications of the amending European Union Directive 2014/52/EU in forming their opinion (see further note below on this Directive).


Scoping opinion for information to be contained in an EIS / EIAR

An Bord Pleanála, in respect of a scoping opinion for EIA shall have regard to article 94 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) and its opinion will indicate the extent to which the information in paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) should be contained in the EIS / EIAR.  

The prospective applicant should also note the provisions and implications of the amending European Union Directive 2014/52/EU in any request submitted to An Bord Pleanála (see further note below on this Directive).