What is an Environmental Impact Assessment?

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The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a statutory process. It identifies and assesses significant effects likely to arise from any possible development.

It helps the Planning Authority understand the potential impacts of any significant development. Environmental assessments provide a guide to the scale and design of the development. 

The planning application will include an environmental statement. This provides evidence to help guide the development. It will also help develop a series of “parameter plans”.

These plans set a framework for identifying key elements including for example:

  • What areas can be built on? 
  • The heights of buildings. 
  • Landscape areas.

This will ensure the environmental impact is acceptable.

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