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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

EIA is a procedure that must be followed for certain types of development before they are granted development consent. The requirement for EIA comes from a European Directive (85/33/EEC as amended by 97/11/EC). The procedure requires the developer to compile an Environmental Statement (ES) describing the likely significant effects of the development on the environment and proposed mitigation measures. The ES must be circulated to statutory consultation bodies and made available to the public for comment. Its contents, together with any comments, must be taken into account by the competent authority, eg local planning authority (LPA), before it may grant consent.

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008 and the Explanatory Memorandum to the Regulations (which contains an informal consolidation of the EIA Regulations as amended) are available from external links on the right of this page.

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