Ecological Chapter for an Environmental Statement (ES)
What is an Ecological Chapter within an EIA?
An assessment of impacts to Ecological receptors is a key component of a wider Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and a chapter on Ecological Impacts is usually included within an Environmental Statement (ES).
These assessments are usually associated with larger developments or those which are likely to lead to more significant impacts. The Local Planning Authority (LPA) will generally identify where a scheme requires an EIA Assessment.
The Ecological component involves a strategic assessment methodology as laid out by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). The chapter will include the baseline survey information, the characterisation of Ecological Receptors, a description of the impacts before mitigation, details of proposed mitigation measures, and a re-assessment of residual impacts after mitigation. This not only shows the process by which impacts have been reduced or mitigated, but provides a standardised assessment of the final outcome of the scheme for ecology.
This level of assessment requires a high degree of competence and expertise to reach the standard required of the EIA process.
How can LSC help?
LSC has produced Ecology Chapters for a range of different development sites including housing development close to European Protected Sites; large-scale re-development of manufacturing sites; redevelopment of disused industrial areas; multi-plot housing schemes; extensive retail developments; road schemes; care homes; commercial sports grounds and the minerals industry.
This extensive experience across a range of habitats, geographical areas and development types enables us to provide you with a high quality and reliable assessment of ecological impacts to support your project.
Our key role within the EIA team starts with the collection of baseline data through surveys; development of the scheme to avoid or reduce impacts to ecological receptors; liaison with statutory and non-statutory stakeholders on behalf of the client; presentations and attendance at public consultation events; production of ES documentation and mapping; and attendance at Public or Planning Enquiry if this eventuality should arise.
We have an excellent track record in securing planning permission through the Ecology Chapters we produce in support of EIA developments.
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