JBA manages and develops Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Environmental Statements (ES). We also undertake Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA). Working with a wide range of clients, JBA has established a reputation for providing professional, independent and practical advice based on thorough scientific investigation. JBA Consulting's Environment Team is capable of undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments for a range of diverse projects. We can project manage and co-ordinate a multi-disciplinary team to produce detailed Environmental Appraisals and Environmental Statements, addressing all potential environmental impacts of a project.
We will lead clients through each stage of the Environmental Impact Assessment, from screening and scoping, to issue of the final report and implementation of mitigation and monitoring measures. Using our experienced ecologists, hydrologists, hydrogeologists and landscape architects, we can identify the needs of a project and identify where potential environmental impacts may arise. We can then undertake all necessary survey work to identify baseline conditions and potential impacts of the projects.
We have the experience to manage the EIA process from inception through to planning submission. Our broad base in environmental consultancy, quality systems and experience mean we can progress the EIA process smoothly, ensuring adherence to legislative and planning guidance, whilst developing appropriate, innovative solutions for your development. Our informed and balanced approach to the whole environment when dealing with projects gives clients the benefit of integrating all environmental issues with their individual development issues.
We can also provide specialist input to various EIA topic areas including ecology, hydrology and landscape and visual impact assessment.
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)
Landscape Assessment is the process of evaluating the impact of a proposal upon the landscape and visual character of the area it affects. Often this is part of a larger Environmental Assessment, which may be required as part of a planning application for large developments. It can also identify the positive qualities of a landscape to maximise the opportunities presented by a site, for example landscape character, aspect, and enclosure. Landscape Assessment has a broad range of uses:-
- assessment of a large area might be needed to determine the most appropriate location for a development - for example, siting a power station, or routeing a power line or highway
- at a smaller scale, assessment might be required on just one site, where issues of landscape character and quality could be important elements of a planning application - for example, a development in an Area of High Landscape Value.
As a design tool, a survey identifies and records the positive and negative features of the site (eg boundaries, levels, vegetation, aspect, environmental qualities). The Assessment then analyses the site data to guide the design process, to maximise the site's assets and minimise any problems. For us, assessment is a natural part of the design process and is the foundation of good design.
Ecological Impact Assessment
Our experienced ecologists can carry out all relevant ecological survey work, and can produce Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), in line with the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management's (IEEM) guidelines. We are competent in a wide range of ecological surveys, including Phase I Habitat Surveys, botanical surveys and protected and other species surveys (e.g. great crested newts, white-clawed crayfish, water vole, otter and bats).
We have extensive experience of working with specialist sub-contractors, such as archaeologists, and our experienced, competent project managers can draw all supplied information into a coherent, relevant and high-quality report.
Water Environment Impacts
Our engineers, scientists and environmentalists provide diverse experience covering the whole of the water environment, including the development of mitigation and improvement measures for sensitive habitats to give environmental benefits. We have particular expertise of wetland and sensitive water environments, including:
- Surface waters -including coastal waters
- Geology, soils and geomorphology
We have MapInfo, ArcGIS and AutoCAD systems for data analysis and presentation. We also have our in-house software for GPS based data acquisition and site surveys.
We undertakes specific assessments of particular aspects of environmental impacts, including:
- Site surveys
- Assessment of impact significance
- Detailed modelling of impacts
- Monitoring - baseline and impacts
- Design of mitigation measures
Experience in the development of site Environmental Management Plans and the actual design and supervision of these plans on site, working with contractors, allows practical, pragmatic and cost effective solutions to be found.