Where a proposed development is of a type which may potentially require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be carried out under the terms of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations, the Council is required to undertake a screening opinion to determine whether or not an EIA is necessary. Screening opinions are usually produced when an application is received, but may alternatively be carried out prior to an application being submitted if requested by the prospective applicant.
If an EIA is required a subsequent Scoping Option will require to be sought by the applicant from the Planning Application. This will detail the required Scope for the Environmental Report that should accompany a future Planning Application.
Further information can be found via the ePlanning.scot website