DPDS works together with a wide range of specialist environmental and technical consultants, co-ordinating and writing Environmental Statements for development projects. We have taken proposals for major large scale developments such as town expansion schemes, industrial estates, hospital complexes and business parks from initial concept to design and impact assessment to submission of planning applications.
Environmental Impact Assessment of development proposals is an essential part of the development planning process, particularly where a proposal ‘is likely to have significant effects by virtue of factors such as size, nature or location’.
Encouraging developers to work within the identified environmental constraints is an important aspect of the EIA process. DPDS and its external consultants recognise that a balance has to be struck between environmental and development demands. Consequently, comprehensive, and realistic mitigation measures, negotiated with Local Planning Authorities and interest groups is a key element of the environmental and planning services offered by the Company.
Our specialist team of landscape architects, environmental specialists and planners can provide supporting information for planning applications and the preparation of Environmental Statements. Our services cover the following topics, whilst more detailed aspects can be co-ordinated through established sub-consultants:
- Environmental Impact Assessment – Screening Opinions sought, agreement on Scoping Reports, co-ordination of specialist consultants and subsequent preparation of Environmental Statements for Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 development proposals.
- Architecture and Townscape – Setting of buildings of historic interest and heritage issues.
- Contaminated Land – Phase 1 assessments including geology, site history, soil conditions, risk to water resources, and landfill gas.
- Drainage, Sewerage and Wastewater – Effluent quality assessments for discharges to controlled waters or sewage treatment works.
- Geology – Assessment of mineral resources likely to be sterilised by other forms of development. Reserve evaluation for quarrying proposals and agreement on sites for RIGS status
- Groundwater – Assessments under Regulation 15 (Waste Management) and Regulation 7 (Groundwater) for List 1 and List 2 substances that may enter groundwater. Assessing risks to proposed development caused by groundwater flooding.
- Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment – Landscape assessment and mitigation measures to reduce impact of development proposals.
- Minerals and Waste Planning – Preparation of planning applications for mineral extraction and ancillary plant, and for waste related activities. Negotiating terms for legal obligations. Expert witness at public and local plan inquiries. Technical advice to LPAs on applications and compliance with conditions.
- Surface Water Management – Flood plain investigations, design of compensation areas, and advice on pollution control.
- Waste Management – Preparation of licence application for inert landfill sites, materials recovery facilities and waste transfer stations. Reporting on water / gas monitoring data.
- Water Resources – Assessing the impact of quarrying / restoration schemes on surface and groundwater features, including SSSIs. Reporting of the effects on water levels and water quality of mineral extraction.
The increasing demands and pressures on the limited land and resources of the UK are expanding the role of the Environmental Specialist. The pressures and controls on land are determining and limiting the types of developments proposed and permitted.
The importance of environmental issues are increasing through legislation to protect the environment from the EU and UK governments. Issues such as water and air quality, contaminated land, noise, waste disposal, roads and traffic congestion all require specialist skills. By employing an Environmental Specialist, who has experience and Chartered membership of appropriate organisations, the early identification and mitigation of potential problems relevant to the environmental aspects of a proposed development can be recognised.