Environmental Impact Assessment
IKM was appointed by the client to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of a proposed development in South East Edinburgh which will include houses, a new primary school, a new local centre which may include shops, business and community facilities, parkland, and associated infrastructure. An Environmental Statement (ES), which reports the findings of the EIA, was prepared by IKM as part of a suite of documents to accompany the application for planning permission.
IKM was responsible for EIA scoping, which included liaison with the design team, planners, and the Regulator.
A number of EIA technical assessments were subsequently undertaken either by IKM or by specialist, technical contributors managed by IKM on behalf of the client. The EIA included:
- Ecology, Biodiversity and Nature Conservation;
- Landscape, Townscape and Visual Impacts;
- Historic Environment;
- Water Resources, Hydrology, Flood Risk and Drainage;
- Ground Conditions, Hydrogeology, Geology and Soils;
- Traffic, Transportation and Access;
- Air Quality;
- Noise and Vibration;
Introductory chapters described the site, the proposed development, and the process of design evolution. Concluding chapters described the methodology that was used to undertake Cumulative Effects Assessment and a Schedule of Mitigation presenting all of the mitigation measures proposed in the chapters.
Completed on time and under budget, the EIA played an important role in the process of developing a detailed understanding of the site and its potential environmental and other sensitivities and informing how the masterplan evolved with a view to avoiding significant effects by changing the proposals or building in actions to become part of the scheme.
Planning permission in principle has now been approved, and IKM are now assisting the client with detailed design.
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