What legislation covers Environmental Impact Assessment?

The process of Environmental Impact Assessment in the context of town and country planning in England is governed by the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (the ‘2017 Regulations’). These regulations apply to development which is given planning permission under Part III of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

These regulations apply the amended EU directive “on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment” (usually referred to as the ‘Environmental Impact Assessment Directive’) to the planning system in England. All further references in this guidance to regulations are to the 2017 Regulations unless otherwise stated. Subject to certain transitional arrangements set out in regulation 76 of the 2017 Regulations, the 2017 regulations revoke the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 (referred to in this guidance as ‘the 2011 Regulations’). Read about the transitional provisions.

The regulations only apply to certain types of development. They can even apply to ‘permitted development’ which is development for which you do not need to get planning permission. They do not apply to development given consent under other regimes, these are subject to separate Environmental Impact Assessment regulations.

How can JOMAS help?

  • Strategic EIA advice – do you need an EIA?

  • EIA Screening and Scoping – identify what technical surveys are required for the EIA

  • EIA coordination & direction

  • Technical survey procurement

  • Environmental Statement (ES) production

  • Non-Technical Summary (NTS) preparation & review

  • Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) preparation & review

Sector experience

  • Urban regeneration – residential, mixed-use & commercial

  • Transport infrastructure – rail & aviation

  • Renewable energy – solar, wind, tidal

  • Manufacturing

  • Mining

  • Wastewater infrastructure – pipelines & plant