Environmental Assessment

The Environmental Consultant, Mott MacDonald will produce the necessary Environmental Assessments for the scheme as outlined below.

Provided an environmentally acceptable and economically feasible scheme is identified, an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) will be prepared for the scheme. The EIAR shall be prepared to meet the requirements set out by Directive 2014/52/EU and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the ‘Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports’ (EPA, 2022).

The purpose of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) will be to document the environment in the vicinity of the proposed scheme in an effort to quantify the possible impacts, if any on the environment. The assessment process will serve to highlight areas where mitigation measures may be necessary in order to protect the surrounding environment from any negative impacts of the proposed scheme. The objective is to facilitate the most efficient and positive design of the proposed scheme insofar as possible and that measures are in place to ensure that any adverse impacts are avoided, reduced or remedied as appropriate.

The Environmental Consultant will also prepare an Appropriate Assessment Screening Report.  The AA Screening will consider the likely impacts of the preferred Scheme on relevant Natura Sites. Should significant effects be identified, a Natura Impact Statement will be produced.