Getting EIA in proportion
2 October 2014
Tom Smeeton and Peter George set out how to ensure a balance to EIA outputs
Proportionality in the assessment of environmental effects and the development design process is often cited but rarely delivered. Research by IEMA has indicated that the main text of many environmental statements run to more than 350 pages, while those relating to nationally significant infrastructure projects are often nearer double that figure. So how can proportionality be achieved at key stages of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process and what are the perceived barriers to delivering an effective, concise and proportionate EIA?