Information Leaflet 5: Environmental Impact Assessment
What is an Environment Statement (ES)?
An Environmental Statement is a publicly available document. It sets out the developer’s own assessment of the likely environmental effects of his proposed development. It is prepared by the developer and submitted with his planning application. While the responsibility for preparing the environmental statement lies with the developer, he is expected to consult with those public authorities with relevant information. Those bodies are required to make available to the developer such environmental information as may be relevant.
All environmental statements must include a description of the project, the main effects it is likely to have on the environment, a description of the measures envisaged to avoid, reduce or remedy significant adverse environmental effects, an outline of the main alternatives studied by the developer and a summary, in non-technical language.