Principles and overview of processes
The proposer of a scheme has the option to seek a screening opinion from the competent authority as to whether an EIA is required. The Regulations require that when decisions are made by the competent authority as to the need for an EIA, the criteria to be taken into account include whether or not the development is in a location that falls within a range of ‘sensitive areas’. The Regulations indicate that these sensitive areas include a variety of national landscape designations. These designations, and the meaning of ‘sensitivity’ both in this context and in the broader context of landscape planning, are discussed further in Chapter 6.