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Environmental Impact Assessment

Local Planning application requirements

Environmental Impact Assessment (incl. environmental statement)


An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a means of drawing together, in a systematic way, an assessment of the likely significant environmental effects arising from a proposed development.

The requirement to carry out an EIA on certain planning proposals is transposed into national law through The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 and subsequent 2017 (the ‘EIA Regulations’).

See details of Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 of the EIA Regulations.

A screening opinion can be obtained by writing to Development Management at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

An Environmental Statement is required to be submitted for EIA Developments for Section 73 applications to EIA permissions the entire Environmental Statement plus a Statement of conformity/ES Addendum will need to be submitted.

Further guidance can be obtained on the EIA scoping guidance page including details on process for an EIA scoping opinion prior to submission of an application.

When required

An EIA is compulsory for developments listed in Schedule 1 of the EIA Regulations (as amended). Developments listed in Schedule 2 of the EIA Regulations will only require an EIA where a development is likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue of their nature, size or location.

An EIA Screening Opinion can be sought from the Council to confirm whether a proposed development is considered to be EIA Development.