Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a key aspect of many large scale planning applications. EIA regulations form part of Town and Country Planning legislation (1999) (in turn driven by EU directive 85/337).
It is a technique involving multidisciplinary information collection, meant to help planning authorities understand the potential environmental impacts of major development proposals, and to guide them in their acceptance or rejection of these proposals. EIA/ESs are also intended to make developers consider the techniques and materials they use during a project.
Often, however even the process of determining if a development requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is complex and subjective.
For certain high profile/potentially significant projects (termed Schedule 1 developments), an EIA is always required. For other less significant projects an 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.
Whether you are a developer and have been told that you require an Environmental Impact Assessment/Environmental Statement (EIA/ES), or are not sure if your project requires one, PBA can help.