Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a key aspect of many large scale planning applications. It is a technique which is meant to help us understand the potential environmental impacts of major developmental proposals. Unfortunately as often as not, both the process and the outcome of Environmental Impact Assessment can be complex and confusing leaving local communities unsure as to how a development might affect them. In a nutshell Environmental Impact Assessment is just an information gathering exercise carried out by the developer and other bodies which enables a Local Planning Authority to understand the environmental effects of a development before deciding whether or not it should be implemented.
The important thing about Environmental Assessments is the emphasis on using the best available sources of objective information and in carrying out a systematic and holistic process which should be bias free and allow the local authority and the whole community to properly understand the impact of the proposed development. Environmental Assessment should lead to better standards of development and in some cases specific requires a redesign or relocation of developmental projects, and sometimes for cancellation of such projects; this is especially so when the impact on the environment outweighs the benefits to a community. Environmental Impact Assessment is meant to be a systematic process which leads to final product, the Environmental Statement (ES).
While Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) foci assessing the environmental effects of a development project; an Environmental Statement (ES) is the written material submitted to the local planning authority in fulfillment of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations define two schedules of developments. For schedule 1 projects, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) must always be carried out. For schedule 2 projects, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) must be carried out if the development is likely to have a significant impact on the environment by virtue of its nature, size or location. The definitions allow considerable uncertainty about the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in specific circumstances.
Markus Synergy Limited consultants will assist clients in providing adequate environmental information to decision makers which ultimately will minimize the environmental damage caused by developments as an aid to sustainable development.