Relevant Technical Chapters of EIAs

AMB Consultants are experts at providing Transport and Highways information and analysis for inclusion within the relevant chapters of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or Environmental Statement (ES).

 

An Environmental Impact Assessment is the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the ecological, physical, social and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to decisions being taken.

 

The output of an EIA usually includes:

  • A description of the project.
  • The alternatives that have been considered.
  • A description of the environment.
  • A description of the significant effects on the environment.
  • The actions that can/will be taken to mitigate these effects.
  • A non-technical summary to clearly inform the public without resorting to jargon.
  • This enables the Local Planning Authority to consider the environmental impact of a proposed development, along with any intended mitigation measures, prior to granting planning permission.

The requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment is dependent upon the type and size of development proposed, as well as the location.

 

The Benefits

A professional and tailored Environmental Impact Assessment will:

  • Take into account the requirements of the European Directive as well as specific national and local requirements.
  • Provide developers with the environmental information needed by Local Planning Authorities to gain timely planning consent for their development proposals.
  • Provide the Local Planning Authority with an objective assessment of the environmental impact of any new development.
  • Set out the actions required to mitigate any negative environmental effects.
  • Provide an independent, objective analysis to allay general public fears based on lack of information or understanding.
  • Identify the information required for environmental management during the construction stage.

 

How We Can Help

We undertake those elements of environmental studies relating to transportation and Highways infrastructure, presenting the results as appropriate chapters for inclusion in the Environmental Statement.

Our expertise enables us to advise developers on what environmental information should accompany a planning application, thus minimizing the risk of delays to the planning process. In preparing the relevant chapters for the Environmental Statement, we will:

  • Consider the implications of relevant national, regional and local policies.
  • Clearly identify and quantify the environmental impact of specific elements of the development, for example, the effects of additional vehicle traffic.
  • Recommend alternatives to reduce the environmental impact of the proposed development.
  • Provide advice on the development and implementation of the most appropriate and cost effective mitigation measures.
  • We can also provide suitable traffic data for the noise and air quality consultants.