An Environmental Impact Assessment is the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the ecological, physical, social and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to decisions being taken.
European legislation requires developers to circulate an Environmental Statement to statutory consultees, such as Local Planning Authorities, and to make the report available for public information and comment.
The output of an Environmental Statement usually includes:
- A description of the project
- The alternatives that have been considered
- A description of the environment
- A description of the significant effects on the environment
- The actions that can/will be taken to mitigate these effects
- A non-technical summary to clearly inform the public without resorting to jargon
This enables the Local Planning Authority to consider the environmental impact of a proposed development, along with any intended mitigation measures, prior to granting planning permission.
The requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment is dependent upon the type and size of development proposed, as well as the location.
A professional and tailored Environmental Impact Assessment will:
- Take into account the requirements of the European Directive as well as specific national and local requirements
- Provide developers with the environmental information needed by Local Planning
- Authorities to gain timely planning consent for their development proposals
- Provide the Local Planning Authority with an objective assessment of the environmental impact of any new development
- Set out the actions required to mitigate any negative environmental effects
- Provide an independent, objective analysis to allay general public fears based on lack of information or understanding
- Identify the information required for environmental management during the construction stage
How We Can Help
We undertake those elements of environmental studies relating to transportation, hydrology (Water Management) and infrastructure, presenting the results as appropriate chapters for inclusion in the Environmental Statement.
Our expertise enables us to advise developers on what environmental information should accompany a planning application, thus minimising the risk of delays to the planning process.
In preparing the relevant chapters for the Environmental Statement, we will:
- Consider the implications of relevant national, regional and local policies
- Clearly identify and quantify the environmental impact of specific elements of the development, for example, the effects of additional vehicle traffic
- Recommend alternatives to reduce the environmental impact of the proposed development
- Provide advice on the development and implementation of the most appropriate and cost effective mitigation measures
- We can also provide suitable traffic data for the noise and air quality consultants