Environmental Planning

Review of EIA and ES

Issue

Modern planning permission in heavily populated areas, such as in the London boroughs, are looking for analysis on the change in wind microclimate around new developments. This helps ensure safe and suitable conditions for the purposes of the surrounding infrastructure, so that a cycle paths or balconies are not subject to adverse wind conditions. Xi Engineering has been working in partnership with Land Use Consultants (LUC) to assist in wind microclimate reviews of Environmental Statements (ES’s) and Environmental Scoping Reviews to assist their clients getting planning approval for their proposed developments.

Solution

Xi Engineering Consultants provides a detailed review of the wind microclimate section in the EIA Scoping Report, identifying sensitive receptors which should be adequately addressed to ensure a fully comprehensive assessment is submitted as part of the ES.
Xi provided a full analysis and report of the wind microclimate section in the ES, including CFD and wind tunnel analysis. The report identified areas which required further clarification to be deemed acceptable for the planning authority. Xi also identified potential information requests and planning conditions which might be raised by the planning authority if not dealt with prior to ES submission.

Skill Set Used
Review of Environmental Impact
Assessments (EIA's)
Review of CFD Modelling reports
Review of Wind Tunnel Assessments
Comparison of data with Lawson Comfort
Criteria and relevant standards
Xi's Role
Identify key receptors which must be addressed in the assessment
Identify potential issues that will be raised by the planning authority
Client Benefits
Provide quick turnaround on review of documents
Provide a clear and concise summary on sections that require revision
Reduce risk of denial of planning permission