Environmental Impact Assessment
The ES must be circulated to statutory consultation bodies and made available to the public for comment. Its contents, together with any comments, must be taken into account by the competent authority (eg local planning authority) before it may grant consent.
Components of Environmental Impact Assessment
|Noise Environmental Impact Assessment||Visual and Landscape Environmental Impact Assessment||Transport Environmental Impact Assessment|
|Ecology Environmental Impact Assessment||Socio Economic Environmental Impact Assessment||Heritage Environmental Impact Assessment|
|Air Quality and Climate Environmental Impact Assessment||Soils, Geology and Geomorphology Environmental Impact Assessment||Water Environmental Impact Assessment|
|Costal Ecology and Geomorphology Environmental Impact Assessment||Odour Impact Assessment||Environmental Impact Assessment for Wind Turbines|
Environmental Impact Assessment FAQs
|When do I need to do an Environmental Impact Assessment?||How do I compile an Environmental Impact Assessment?||What is an Environmental Statement?|
|Which consultants can offer advice on Environmental Impact Assessment?||Which areas of the country (UK) does Environmental Impact Assessment affect?||How does government judge if an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed?|
|Schedule 1 or 2 for Environmental Impact Assessment?||Read Legislation on Environmental Impact Assessment||In which localities will SWEL undertake Environmental Impact Assessments?|
When do I need to do an Environmental Impact Assessment?
You may be asked to provide an environmental statement in advance of being granted planning permission for a project, examples might include a single wind turbine, and wind farm or very large projects like hospitals, power stations, and housing developments.
The requirement for EIA is deduced by;
a - The type of development you propose. Schedule 1 or 2?
Thresholds are often applied using the example of flood defences we can take guidance from Circular 2/99: Environmental Impact Assessment states that EIA shall only be required if the works area exceeds 5ha s or 2 km in length. Read about Example.
How do I compile an Environmental Impact Assessment?
There are various elements of Environmental Impact Assessments that focus on certain areas where impact may be apparent, these include noise, visual, ecology and traffic impacts, which each require specialist attention. The processes involved are further explained in the component pages.
What is an Environmental Statement?
An Environmental Statement is the product of EIA, it is a summary and a drawing together of all the findings from the various components of impact assessment that have been carried out.
Particularly with large projects the various components of the EIA can run in to thousands of pages, it is necessary to convey the findings of these components and jointly assess their impact in a document that is practical to read, and does get bogged down in the technicalities of EIA.
Which consultants can offer advice on Environmental Impact Assessment?
SWEL can offer meet any EIA needs you may have, we are happy to discuss any aspect of your project, and can offer an all in compliance solution for all stages of your projects lifecycle.
Which areas of the country (UK) does Environmental Impact Assessment affect?
|The requirement from EIA stems from European
initiatives, and as such it is a UK wide consideration.
However, there are various special areas within the UK, where smaller projects may require EIA, these might include;
- RAMSAR Wetlands
- Green Belt
- Forest Parks
- Marine Nature Reserves
- National Nature Reserves
- National Parks
- Special Areas of Conservation
- Special Protection Areas
It is not impossible to build within these sites just more difficult to justify.
How does government judge if an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed?
There are various categories of development with regards to EIA. These are split in to Schedule 1 and 2.
Schedule 1 projects include:
• Major power plants
• Chemical works
• Waste disposal incineration
• Major Roads Schemes
Schedule 2 Projects include:
• Quarries and opencast
• Some intensive livestock rearing
• Overhead transmission lines
Schedule 1 or 2 for Environmental Impact Assessment?
Whether or not you development is schedule 1 or not is fairly clear cut. Schedules 2 are not as clearly defined, they rely on siting and size;
|For developments of a smaller scale located
wholly or partly in environmentally sensitive locations where their
effects are significant; in certain cases, other areas subject to
environmentally-based statutory or non-statutory designations not
included in the definition of “sensitive area” may also be relevant in
determining whether EIA is required; urban locations may also be
considered sensitive as effects on a densely populated area may be
"For developments with unusually complex and potentially hazardous environmental effects where expert and detailed analysis of such effects would be desirable and would be relevant to the issue of whether or not the development should be allowed."
SWEL will travel anywhere in the UK to undertake an environmental impact assessment or any single elements, with offices in London, Bristol and Exeter we are best placed to serve the south west UK.
Please contact us for a free initial consultation.
Updates to the National Planning Policy Framework suggest the following environmental impact assessment elements are necessary for planning applications that include wind turbines.
Noise Impact Assessment
Ecology Impact Assessment
Heritage Impact Assessment
Cumulative Visual and Landscape Impact Assessment
What is cumulative impact? This is explored in greater depth on our Visual Impact Assessment Page.
Components of EIA
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