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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a key requirement for many major developments and is necessary to help secure planning consent. Successful EIAs balance the need to minimise impacts on the environment with the need for economically sustainable development that benefits business and communities.
At Thomson, we believe that undertaking EIAs should not be unnecessarily complicated or financially onerous for developers and project promoters. They should be proportionate, properly scoped to focus on the likely significant effects, and be a tool to help deliver the best environmental outcome for projects.
We make this possible through our innovative approach to screening and scoping using latest generation GIS technology and our extensive database of UK environmental information to provide quick early analysis of issues. We undertake environmental mapping to identify spatial and temporal constraints, using this to identify the topics that need to be assessed in detail, the need for and type of surveys, and establishing the scope of technical assessments. This is supported by detailed desk studies and site walkovers that provide the initial evidence base to inform decision-makers.
Our in-house team of EIA practitioners work closely with developers, architects, planners and design teams to achieve positive environmental solutions for both large, complex projects as well as small, niche developments. Unlike many of the established big consultancies, we do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Every client and every project is different and we tailor our approach to be flexible to their needs and achieve the desired outcomes.
We can help at all stages of a project, from early feasibility, site selection, EIA screening and scoping through to full EIA, as well as construction and operation stage monitoring.
We also undertake Third Party reviews of Environmental Statements for developers and local authorities to ensure compliance with EIA Regulations and best practice.
For more information on our EIA services, contact:
Peter George, Director of EIA.