H2Ogeo provides a range of Environmental Impact Assessment services ranging from third party technical reviews to supporting the delivery of technical reporting and non-technical summaries.
What is the aim of Environmental Impact Assessment?
The aim of an Environmental Impact Assessment is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority takes into account the likely significant effects on the environment posed by a development/project.
Only certain projects are subject to Environmental Impact Assessments, i.e. those which are likely to have significant environmental effects. They ensure that the public are given early and effective opportunities to participate in the decision making process.
There are several stages involved in the EIA process, a summary is shown below:
Screening – Does the project fall within the regulations and is it likely to have a significant effect on the environment?
The local planning authority (or the Secretary of State in the case of an appeal) should determine whether the project is of a type listed in Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 of the Regulations:
- if it is listed in Schedule 1 an assessment is required in every case;
- if the project is listed in Schedule 2, the local planning authority should consider whether it is likely to have significant effects on the environment.
Scoping – Determining the extent of issues to be considered in the assessment and reported in the Environmental Statement.
These may include potential impacts on population, fauna, flora, soil, water, air, climatic factors, material assets, including the architectural and archaeological heritage, landscape and the inter-relationship between these factors. The local planning authority can provide their opinion on what information needs to be included by supplying a Scoping Opinion.
Environmental Statement – Compilation of information reasonably required to assess the likely significant environmental effects of the development.
An Environmental Statement covers indirect, secondary, cumulative, short, medium and long-term, permanent and temporary, positive and negative effects where these are significant. The Environmental Statement is submitted along with the planning application to be considered by the LPA/Secretary of State.
With over 13 years’ international experience assessing the potential and actual impacts on soils and groundwater H2Ogeo is well placed to provide detailed technical expertise. H2Ogeo provides technical assessments of groundwater, contamination and soil impacts that can be included as part of the application.
Sources: Click here for.gov guidance on EIA.