Information Leaflet 1: Your Permitted Development Rights
How does the Planning Service judge if development is EIA development?
You will need to consider a number of factors. These include the nature, scale and location of the proposed development. Location will often be especially important. For example, will the proposed development be in or near a particularly sensitive location, such as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an Area of Special Scientific Interest, a National Nature Reserve, a Special Area of Conservation or a Special Protection Area? Will it affect a listed building or a scheduled historic monument? There are other designations which may be relevant, including Conservation Areas and Areas of Significant Archaeological Interest, and other areas, defined in local Development Plans, that are considered important for their particular local environmental or amenity value.
Although location is very important, you should not automatically assume that EA will be needed simply because the proposal is located in or near a sensitive area. Similarly, you should not assume that because a proposal is not in a sensitive location, significant environmental effects are not likely.