The Environmental Statement (ES) is essentially the report which presents the findings of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The main task in compiling the ES is ensuring that the document is technically robust, yet accessible to a wide readership. GoBe are committed to the use of plain English and seek to minimise the use of unnecessary jargon in delivering such reports.
We regularly compile ESs to support consent applications, notably including documents for some of the UK’s recent nationally significant infrastructure projects through the relatively new Planning Act process.
We ensure that the ESs we produce, or those we are asked to review on behalf of developers, are fit for purpose – to this end we concentrate on:
- technical accuracy;
- compliance with the most recent relevant guidance (including the National Policy Statements); and
- keeping the client informed of project risks (identifying potential issues, considering and where necessary suggesting approaches to mitigation or monitoring etc).
We regularly audit ESs to make sure, amongst other aspects, that all relevant consultations are reflected in final documentation; that contemporary data have been used to inform baseline characterisations; aspects such as realistic worst cases have been appropriately assessed (the ‘Rochdale Envelope’); effective use of EIA methodologies have been employed; and that conclusions are accurate representations of the case made for each topic and for the development as a whole.
We provide input and advice to the production of all supporting documents for marine development consent applications, working closely with client development teams and their subcontractors.