QMark: Developing the realistic worst case

Steve Pearce, associate environmental consultant at AECOM, outlines the role of an EIA coordinator in developing the realistic worst case for design and construction.

When a development is built, it is likely to differ from original plans submitted at the consenting stage. In reality, at the detailed design or construction stage, the client or their contractors will identify new, better and cheaper designs for the development, or more efficient ways to construct it. 

It may prove to be impossible to construct the original design or to use the anticipated construction methods, for example ground conditions may not be as expected, or the presence of previously unrecorded utilities may be identified post consent and their diversion would result in prohibitive costs.

This might seem contrary to the purpose of schedule 4 of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations, which requires project details to be reported in the environmental statement (ES); however for reasons of commercial and/or technical necessity, changes are likely on all ...

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