Environmental Impact Assessment
The need for EIA of certain public or private projects derives from the EU EIA Directive. The Directive is applied in the UK by statutory Regulations governing a wide range of onshore activities, such as built development, agriculture, flood protection, mining and forestry, and offshore works, such as fishing, dredging and coast protection works.
Developments that may be subject to EIA are those that are likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue of factors such as their nature, size or location, or if they meet or exceed specified regulatory criteria.
Landmark is experienced at delivering consents for challenging developments in sensitive locations. Our Environmental Planners can provide advice and support at all stages of development in environmentally sensitive locations.
We advise on EIA Screening and Scoping, coordination and management of inter disciplinary EIA consultant teams, stakeholder consultation, preparation and submission of the Environmental Statement.
As of 16 May, the 2017 Regulations require all EIAs to be prepared by a competent expert and LPAs must also have access to sufficient expertise to examine the EIA. The most effective way to avoid risk of the delay arising from a planning authority contesting the qualifications of those undertaking the EIA, or of 3rd parties querying the capacity of the LPA to properly screen a scheme as ‘EIA development’ is to secure the support of an expert. Landmark’s environmental planners are qualified to help you to identify the best route for your scheme, to set the groundwork carefully and to advise on your EIA screening strategy.
Our Track Record
Landmark has an extensive track record of delivering permissions for complex EIA developments across a wide range of development types. We were founder members of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA) Qualitymark scheme, which gives both consenting authorities and clients confidence in the quality of the information that we deliver.
We also provide an EIA Auditing service to local planning authorities to ensure that decisions are properly informed.
Formal EIA Screening brings clarity and certainty to the implementation of EIA. Early and thorough screening can also help to protect against risk of challenge to consents.
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