Environmental Impact Assessment
The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a development, which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes them into account in the decision making process.
In general projects are likely to require an EIA if they are above a certain size (determined by the EIA Regulations) or if they are likely to have a significant effect. An EIA is a process leading to a formal Environmental Statement (ES) which is submitted as part of a planning application.
EIA services include:
• Obtaining a screening opinion – does a project need an EIA or not;
• Obtaining a scoping opinion – if it needs one what should be included;
• Managing the EIA process – timescales and delivery;
• Coordinating the full EIA process – taking the lead on the strategy, defining the requirements in terms of consultants and editing their draft ES chapters;
• Appointing specialist teams – identify team requirements, request fee proposals, review quotations and make recommendations to clients;
• Preparing Individual ES Chapters – socio-economic and alternative options chapters; and,
• Advising on mitigation measures and deliverability.