If the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) identifies potential ecological impacts that may be caused by the proposed development, an EcIA is required. The EcIA will identify, quantify, and evaluate the potential effects of the proposal on habitats, species, and ecosystems. The process includes:
Collection and analysis of baseline ecological data, such as protected species surveys results where the need for further surveys is determined during the PEA.
- Assessment of impact significance.
- Design and implementation of avoidance and mitigation measures to minimise negative impacts on habitats, species and/or ecosystems
- Design and implementation of compensation and enhancement measures to achieve necessary; and
- Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG).
An EcIA will provide enough detail to allow competent decision-making authorities to understand the ecological issues when determining planning applications for consent.
For more information about EcIA, contact Rocket Ecology to speak to one of our accredited and experienced ecologists, to guide you through the planning process.