EIA scoping opinions
EIA scoping opinions can be requested by from the planning authority under Regulation 14 of the EIA Regulations. The
purpose of the request is to seek the planning authority’s opinion as to the information that should be supplied
within the Environmental Statement. This process helps to provide the Environmental Statement with a greater focus
upon those issues which are likely to generate significant environmental effects. As part of the process of compiling
a scoping opinion, the planning authority consults with a range of statutory and non-statutory consultation bodies in
order to ensure that the scoping opinion is fully informed.
Please click on the table below in order to view the relevant scoping opinion:
Section 36 applications
Under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 any proposal to construct or operate a power generation scheme with a
capacity in excess of 50 megawatts requires Scottish Ministers’ consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act
1989. Under such circumstances the entire application process is dealt with by the Scottish Ministers, including the
issuing of any scoping opinion. To view any of the scoping opinions issued by the Scottish Ministers please click on
the following link: www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Infrastructure/Energy-Consents.