We provide effective support to the planning process as a highly regarded technical lead covering Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Contaminated Land, Geo-Conservation and Geotechnical Engineering.
Environmental Assessments have become an integral part of the planning process. The sequence of negotiation with regulators, scoping requests, site investigation, and impact assessment has become standard practice. Our highly experienced team of environmental consultants provide specialist technical support to clients throughout the process, delivering reports that provide answers.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the formal process used to predict the environmental effects (beneficial or adverse) of a plan, policy, program, or project on the physical environment (as defined by the EIA European Commission Directive) before a decision is made to move forward with the proposed scheme. The effects are determined through a review of baseline conditions measured against predicted results using test cases or modelled results based upon available data.
Where an EIA is required for a particular scheme, this involves the production of supporting assessments and/or technical chapters for a range of disciplines, as agreed via a scoping exercise. These cover a variety of topics, such as Water Resources, Flood Risk & Drainage & Hydrology, Ground Conditions and Contamination and Geo-Conservation. The assessment and chapters are compiled into an Environmental Statement.
From our launch, clients have benefited from our pragmatic and technically robust approach. Support is provided during initial discussion and negotiation between clients and the regulators as part of the scoping exercise.
Using us at this early stage is often a vital part of the process to ensure a cost-effective outcome for the client. Our experienced project managers have excellent working relationships with the Environment Agency and Local Planning Authorities from working for and alongside them on numerous projects.
Our consultancy team focuses on understanding the issues and provides innovative mitigation options which often lead to successful planning applications.
In addition to the main body of the Environmental Statement, we specialise in producing Non-Technical Summaries which outline the results of the EIA process and the potential effects in terms accessible to the wider public.