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Information Leaflet 5: Environmental Impact Assessment
In the Case of Schedule 2 Projects, How Is ‘Significance’ Determined?

There are 3 main considerations to be taken into account:
  • The characteristics of the development, including its size, cumulation with other developments, use of natural resources, production of waste, pollution and nuisance and the risk of accidents having regard to the substances and technologies used;
  • The location of the development e.g. the existing land use, the abundance of natural resources in the area and whether it is intended for a sensitive location; and
  • The characteristics of the potential impact, its duration and frequency, transfrontier nature etc.
More detailed guidance may be found in the Development Control Advice Note No. 10.
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