Information Leaflet 1: Your Permitted Development Rights
What are the Benefits of Environmental Impact Assessment?
EIA allows the likely significant environmental effects of a project to be identified and to be avoided, remedied or minimised at an early stage. Nevertheless, the general public is often concerned about the possibility of unknown or unforeseen environmental effects of particular development. Where a planning application is accompanied by an ES the Planning Service will advertise the availability of the ES and take any representations about the likely environmental effects into consideration in making its decision. By making the information on the likely significant effects available, EIA can help allay fears created by a lack of information.