ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is designed to carefully evaluate the potential impacts of development upon the environment and assess the effects post implementation of mitigation. Early in the planning stages EIA aims to establish any risks to the environment, assess solutions (mitigation) to reduce risks, and identify any lasting effects upon biodiversity. The EIA is used to support the Local Planning Authority (LPA) in their assessment of any site against the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), whereby a net gain to biodiversity is to be achieved.
EIA is usually required for larger schemes or those close to sensitive areas of importance to nature conservation. For small schemes Habitat Regulations (HR) screening may be mandatory and determine the subsequent need for a full EIA.
HEA Ecology carry our EIAs on a regular basis for a range of different developments and projects. Our experienced team then review all ecological literature and produce the necessary chapter and appendices that are included in the larger EIA document, which encompasses further environmental impact chapters.
We can provide continuity in our services from Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) through to Protected Species Surveys into mitigation and the EIA chapter. These documents make for an efficient and effective service and a positive outcome for the client.