We offer a commercially-minded, one-stop EIA project management and coordination service
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a systematic process for assessing a project’s likely significant environmental effects. It helps to ensure that the importance of the predicted effects, and the scope for reducing them, are properly understood by the public and the relevant competent authority before it makes a decision.
The complex technical and legal framework surrounding EIA means that it is often targeted by those wishing to delay the planning process or challenge consents for major development schemes. Properly managed EIA not only reduces the risk of costly programme delays, it can also reduce design costs, as well as build costs, and result in developments that better serve the communities in which they are built.
Site and Route Selection – environmental constraints identification and planning appraisals
Screening – determining whether EIA is required for projects, ‘extensions’ or ‘subsequent applications’
Scoping – determining the scope of the EIA and the resulting Environmental Statement
Assembling EIA teams – obtaining competitive quotations from approved suppliers to ensure technically competent and cost-effective surveys/assessments are undertaken
Management & Coordination – of inputs from project team and technical specialists, as well as crossovers with other forms of environmental assessment (e.g. those required by Habitats and Birds Directives and Water Framework Directive)
Iterative Design – ensuring that the proposals respond to environmental constraints, which means mitigation can be ‘built in’ rather than ‘bolted on’ to developments
Engagement & Consultations – with local authority, statutory consultees and other stakeholders; including agreeing mitigation measures, monitoring requirements etc.
Environmental Statements – acting as lead author and editor of Environmental Statements, ensuring they are clear, coherent, and compliant with the applicable Regulations
Reviewing Environmental Statements – on behalf of local authorities or clients, including those preparing Environmental Statements for submission alongside their planning applications and those wishing to object to third party proposals on environmental grounds
Planning Conditions – reviewing draft conditions and discharging set conditions