Information Leaflet 5: Environmental Impact Assessment
Updated : September 2012
This leaflet answers some basic questions about the requirements for environmental assessment in respect of development which requires planning permission.
Other major proposals not covered by the planning procedures may also need EIA before a decision is reached on whether they should go ahead. Examples of these are certain drainage schemes, motorways, afforestation and harbour development below the low watermark. Separate Regulations cover these types of projects.
- What is Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)?
- What is an Environment Statement (ES)?
- What Types of Development are Subject to EIA as Part of the Planning Procedures?
- What is a "Sensitive Area"?
- Who decides whether EIA is necessary?
- In the Case of Schedule 2 Projects, How Is ‘Significance’ Determined?
- What are the advantages of EIA?
- How will EIA help the public?
- How do I find out whether EIA is needed?
- What about development that is not subject to EIA?
- Will EIA affect my Permitted Development Rights?