Environmental Impact Assessment – Avoiding the Elephant-traps (January 2004, Stephen Tromans)

Environmental Impact Assessment – Avoiding the Elephant-traps (January 2004, Stephen Tromans)


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“Environmental impact assessment (or EIA as it is normally known) easily outpaces any other area of environmental or planning law in the number of new cases it generates. It has moved from a position of relative obscurity when introduced in 1988, to a field of law which can scupper huge and high-profile projects, such as football stadiums, business parks and new rail facilities. It chimes in with the mood of the times, stressing the importance of environmental protection and of public participation in decision-making. The importance of the EIA process, and of the public’s role in it, was confirmed by the House of Lords in the landmark decision, Berkeley No. 1, in July 2000.  Since then there has been a string of EIA cases. This article aims to provide an overview of these developments, and indicate the key areas where care is needed if the developer is not to blunder into an elephant-trap…”


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