Impact Assessments

Our impact assessments include:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Environmental Statement
  • Energy Statement
  • Economic Impact Assessments
  • Town Centre Impact Assessments
  • Analysis of: Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessments and Strategic Housing Assessments.
  • A range of Demographic Assessments – including Leisure, Tourism, and Retail Impact Assessements (required for applications >2,500m2)

Major developments sometimes require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.  Before you commission one – let’s establish whether you actually need one!  We can then complete EIA screening and scoping opinions submissions to your Local Planning Authorities on your behalf.

We can also manage the whole process for you – because the additional specialist and technical reports and surveys that are often required for an EIA can be completed by our in-house specialists team.  If you think you might need an EIA, we’ll be delighted to discuss this and provide with our suggestions and a fee quote for our services.

Environmental Statement.  Sometimes this can be provided instead of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)  and requires less input.    In some cases an Environmental Statement are beneficial to explain what the environmental benefits or considerations of a project would be.  Such proposal examples include: energy, minerals and waste, community, major developments etc.

An Energy statement explains what the energy benefits or considerations of a proposal would be and make conclusions as to the impact or benefits of the proposal.

Is an Economic Impact Assessment required? These can support planning proposals by explaining the benefits of the proposal. When a convincing economic case is presented, this can be the tipping point to make the planning proposal acceptable, particularly for major developments.  Such economic benefits explained could include: the provision of employment, construction involved, the benefit of the site on the local economy etc.  We’ve found these assessments regularly support clients to secure successful planning outcomes.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) expects applications to take into account and assess the three main principles of sustainable development. These include, economic, social and environmental considerations.  Quite often developments will have a negative impact upon the environment, but a balancing act should take place to assess the overall benefits of a scheme.

Case Studies

Change of Use: Transforming Historic Farm Buildings into a Vibrant Food Village
Major Planning Development within Newmarket Conservation Area Allowed on Appeal.
Change of Use from Office to a Mixed-Use site comprising of a Hotel and retention of an existing Bank in Stratford, London, approved at Planning Committee

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