The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 set out the types and sizes of development that require a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which are generally larger infrastructure projects or those associated with industries with the potential to cause significant pollution. Schemes such as house building, industrial estates and caravan sites can also require an EIA if they exceed a size threshold and they are considered likely to have a significant environmental impact.
Biodiversity or ecology usually forms one of the main strands of an EIA and EECOS can provide Biodiversity or Ecology chapters to the following as a contribution to satisfying the regulations:
In order to complete this work EECOS ecologists would normally carry out a survey following the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal methodology, followed by any species specific surveys that are relevant to the site and the scheme. These will provide the information needed to prepare each of these documents, with reference to the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management’s best practice guidelines (http://www.ieem.net/ecia.asp).
EECOS works closely with clients to flag up any specific ecological issues at an early stage so that impacts can be avoided or adequately mitigated without causing delays. Planning for species surveys and to allow for any licence applications is essential in the smooth running of these schemes.
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