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Environmental Impact Assessments - Belfast

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Woodstock Link, Belfast BT6 8DD, UK
RTPI Training

Course Aim


The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations were amended in 2017 changing the legal basis of EIA and adjusting the approach that needs to be taken by local authorities, statutory consultees, developers and their consultants. This course is built around the procedural steps a local planning authority undertakes in enabling and reviewing the EIA process and will enable you to identify which developments need EIA, the topics to be scoped covered and will teach you how to identify and assess significant environmental effects of the proposals. 

The EIA process can feel complex - involving screening, scoping, assessment, evaluation and monitoring - the course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding needed to approach each step with confidence. 

By attending this masterclass will help you will enhance your confidence and understanding of EIA, its purpose and how to deliver the different stages of the process.


Through a combination of expert trainer input, discussion and group work, you will:

  • Build you confidence across the EIA process and be clear on what you need to do at each step (screening, scoping, assessment and evaluation).
  • Enhance your understanding of Northern Ireland's EIA Regulations and the formal screening and scoping stages.
  • Gain valuable hints and tips on the competent expert and sufficient expertise requirements around the Environmental Statement and decision notice.
  • Recognise the need for proportionate assessment and acquire insight into how to deliver it across the fundamentals of assessment and mitigation practice.

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Delegate numbers are restricted to enhance learning outcomes


This links to the following CPD Priorities:

  • Understanding land as a resource (demand for energy)
  • Effective decision making


Our trainer

Our masterclasses are delivered by our pool of industry leaders who are able to draw on their extensive personal experience to offer practical, interactive courses to our delegates.

Explore our trainer's background and their areas of expertise below.

Josh Fothergill

Josh is a Full member of IEMA and a Chartered Environmentalist. At IEMA, he led the direction of UK EIA practice for the last decade, influencing the expert requirements in the 2014 amendments to the EIA Directive and creating the EIA Quality Mark scheme, which won a global impact assessment award in 2012. Josh researched and authored the State of EIA Practice in the UK (2011) and the UK’s Proportionate EIA Strategy (2017), and has co-authored EIA guidance on topics from influencing design and effective Non-Technical Summaries to health, noise and climate change.


Previous delegates have said:

  • ‘I enjoyed the interaction and open discussions as people were able to ask questions throughout it allowed us all to learn from others experiences.’ (Environmental Impact Assessments, 30.01.2018)
  • ‘Was a good holistic course on the whole EIA process from both a council’s perspective and a consultant’s perspective.’ (Environmental Impact Assessments, 06.03.2018)
  • ‘Trainer was fantastic. Highly knowledgeable and passionate about topic’. (Environmental Impact Assessments, 30.01.2018)


Please note there is limited availability for Licentiate, Independent Consultants and concessions. To be eligible for the Independent Consultant rate, you need to be member of the Independent Consultants Network (ICN). For the RTPI concessions rate, you need to be a RTPI student, unemployed or retired member. You will need your membership number and password to book.

If you are having difficulties booking, please contact us on 020 7929 8400 or email


The RTPI supports the adoption of all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and this course specifically supports:

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