Environmental Impact Assessment Explained

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the measurement of the anticipated effects of a proposed project or development on the environment.

The purpose of the EIA process is to ensure that:

  • environmental impact assessment All projects that are likely to have a significant impact on the environment are assessed.
  • People are fully aware of the likely effects of the project.

A full list of projects and threshold limits are set out in the Planning and Development Regulations. 

  • There are certain areas in which it is compulsory for an EIA, e.g. large scale developments in agriculture, chemical industry, infrastructure, motorways and urban developments.
  • The Environmental Impact Assessment must be submitted with a planning application for such a development. 

A local authority may decide that a Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be submitted even if the development is below the threshold for a mandatory EIA, where they consider that the development may still have a significant impact on the environment. 

  • The EIS must contain an analysis of the likely effects, both good and bad of the development.
  • The EIS will address a range of areas of interest including the likely impacts on people, fauna, soil, water, landscape, flora and cultural heritage.
  • The statement must include a non technical summary setting out how the developer plans to deal with any negative effects. 

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