By Stephen Tromans & Karl Fuller
Environmental Impact Assessment - Law & Practice sets out to provide a practical and comprehensive guide to environmental impact assessment (EIA) law. It starts from the basic foundations of EC law and moves on to consider the issues of screening and procedures. It also deals with EIA outside the context of town and country planning law, and with procedures for challenging decisions on EIA grounds.
This title sets out the legal requirements relating to EIAs, including the relationship of European Community law with domestic law and the resulting cases. The main part of the work concentrates on the role that EIAs play in the planning application process. It assesses how far-reaching the Directive and Regulations are, discusses when EIAs need to be conducted, and covers the relevant procedures, such as screening, scoping, consultation and publicity. It deals fully with the burgeoning case-law on difficult areas such as outline permissions, reserve matters and conditions.
There is also a section on EIAs in specific contexts such as forestry, archaeology, agriculture and highways. The work concludes with a major section on good practice that offers expert guidance on scoping the EIA, undertaking the assessment and writing the environmental statement.
This new work will prove invaluable for lawyers, local authority planning officers, planning consultants, property developers and all other professionals who need to understand the EIA process.
The book will assist not only planning authorities and developers in recognising and avoiding the pitfalls associated with EIA, but also those representing the public in ensuring that the law and its underlying purposes are respected. It demonstrated that EIA can, in a very real sense, improve the quality of decisions, protect and enhance the environment, and also in the long run benefit developers and investors.
The European dimension and its relevance
Non-planning development and EIA
Good practice in EIA