Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

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Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) is a process of identifying, quantifying and evaluating potential effects of development, or other actions, on ecology and specific ecological features. An EcIA is the standard document required to support planning applications of all sizes.

All of our EcIA work is carried out in line with the CIEEM ‘Guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment in the UK and Ireland, Second Edition’.

Our team have extensive experience and training in EcIA’s. We will carry out all of the surveys required to identify the ecological receptors on the site and to establish the baseline ecological conditions. We will then work with you and the other parties involved in the planning process to identify each stage of the development and to look at and evaluate the impact of each stage on the ecological receptors identified on the site to ensure that the scheme meets the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The EcIA document will be tailored to fit the needs of the site. Smaller sites will be based on a modified Preliminary Ecological Appraisal report (PEAR) with larger more complex sites being prepared as a comprehensive standalone EcIA document.

The EcIA document will outline each stage of the proposed works, the appropriate legislation, the baseline ecological conditions and the potential impacts. The document will then assess the potential impacts and will identify the specific mitigation required and the residual impacts following the mitigation. The document will also outline enhancements that will increase the overall ecological value of the site and reduce the residual impacts.

Although our team has extensive experience of the planning process the final decision on the scheme will always be made by the local planning authority and therefore some consultation with the local authority ecologist is also advised throughout the design process.

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