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Environmental Assessment - are you getting it right?

Booking reference: 165 6604 17 3007

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 at 9:30AM - 4:00PM
International Centre for Life, Time Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 4EP, UK
From £90.00 + VAT
RTPI North East

The release of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the updated EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) regulations in August 2011 has reinforced SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) and EIA as key considerations in the planning system. 

These changes will impact on you.  This full day session for both public and private sector practitioners will consider a range of practical issues relating to undertaking SEA and EIA. 


9.30 – 10:00    Registration & Refreshments


10:00          Welcome from Chair

Richard Newsome, Associate, GVA


10.10          EIA – The Evolving Nature of EIA Regulations

This session will provide an overview of the Town and Country Planning (EIA) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, with an insight into the proposed changes to the EIA Directive and how they will impact upon the Regulations and environmental protection / management.  This will be followed by a discussion of the impact of these changes upon environmental assessment, together with a brief outline of IEMAs opinions of them.

Nic Macmillan, WSP Environmental Ltd  


10:55         The NPPF – Implications for SEA/SA of plans

This session will look at SEA/SA in the context of the NPPF and other recent policy initiatives.  The session will focus on the implications for Local Plans but also consider Neighbourhood Development Plans and other plans local authorities are involved in producing.  It will examine the role of SEA/SA and its fit with the localism agenda.

Sean Nicholson, Technical Director, WSP Environmental Ltd         

11.35 – 11:50    Refreshments

11:50        Developers and Planning Authorities "It Takes Two"

Following recent work for a planning authority on the review of an EIA for a new potash mine, and more regular work for developers in compiling their EIAs, a consultant’s view on how the attitude and approach to EIA differ between the two parties. Why there are differences between the two parties, what this means for the determination of EIA applications and suggestions on how the two sides can bring their approaches more closely together.

 Neil Marlborough, Associate Director, AMEC


12:35       GLVIA 3 – Getting Landscape and Visual Impact   Assessments into Shape

The third edition of the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (the purple book) was published in April 2013.  What changes can be expected as a result of this revised guidance?  Will the LVIA chapters of Environmental Statements / Environmental Reports be getting shorter or longer as landscape architects come to grips with this new guidance?

Gillian Beauchamp, Associate Director, Wardell Armstrong LLP


13:15                         Lunch


14:15         SEA/SA of a Local Plan Reiteration within an Iterative Process

This session will provide an overview of the SEA/SA process during the preparation of Gateshead’s emerging Local Plan.  The session will summarise the experience from the Local Authority’s perspective as a client, identifying the lessons learned from commissioning consultants, and the wider contribution of the SA to the Local Plan.

Grant Rainey, Planning Officer (Spatial Development), Gateshead Council


15:00         SEA and EIA - Case Law Update

This session will look at the continuing requirement for SEA and the relevance in relation to such matters as the recent revocation of the Regional Spatial Strategies.  It will also consider the potential challenges from a Judicial Review basis and the potential consequences for local plan preparation. A brief overview of EIA will also be given and the considerations necessary for assessment and preparation of such documents.  Case law will be examined in relation to potential areas where EIA's fail and recent case law and challenges such as Covanta's proposal for Middlewich. 

Amanda Campbell, Solicitor, Watson Burton LLP


15:45           Chair’s Summary and Close



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