An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a procedure that allows local planning authorities, and applicants, to determine whether a proposed development is likely to have significant effects on the environment.
Where this is deemed likely the applicant is required to produce an Environmental Statement (ES) to accompany the planning application. Failure to properly consider these matters can either delay the application process or lead to a potential legal challenge to any eventual decision.
PWA Planning is able to provide advice in this complex area on a case-by-case basis as to the significance of a particular development and the likelihood that an Environmental Impact Assessment will be required. In particular, the services that PWA can provide include:
- Pre-screening advice to determine whether an EIA is required
- Efficient management of the EIA ‘screening’ and ‘scoping’ stages to facilitate delivery of accurate and complete Environmental Statements
- Robust EIA and ES reporting in conjunction with various technical consultants
- Management of the EIA development proposals through to determination.