Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in response to the requirements of planning legislation and European Directives.
Environmental Impact Assessment is applicable to various development projects. It is an assessment of the effects of certain development projects on the receiving environment. There are different thresholds for EIA dependent upon the nature and extent of the project which can include; urban, residential and industrial development; service and energy infrastructure projects; specific engineering and chemical processes; and processing of waste, to name but some.
The EIA process in relation to development activities is assessed under the Planning code, and assessed by the planning authority and/or by the planning appeals board – An Bord Pleanala.
The legislative and procedural requirements for EIA are currently changing. Amendments to Planning legislation are under way. EIA undertaken after 16th May 2017 will be obliged to comply with the new provisions set out under the EU Directive 2014/52/EU. These new provisions introduce some fundamental changes to EIA procedures and practice.
HRA PLANNING hold recognised qualifications and offer a wealth of experience in undertaking Environmental Impact Assessment for various landuse activities and development projects. Our approach is based on our inherent understanding of existing and new EIA provisions and familiarity with the Planning system and Planning legislation under which EIA will be assessed.
HRA PLANNING can lead and project manage the entire EIA process from start to finish including project management and peer review of any additional specialist inputs. The suitability of our approach in undertaking and project managing EIA has been demonstrated by the numerous EISs that have withstood the scrutiny by competent bodies and third party challenges.
We have EIA experience in urban development projects, commercial and industrial activities, recycling and recovery operations, renewable energy developments and infrastructure projects. We can also review other EIS documents for the purpose of planning consent or for judicial proceedings.