Quality Assurance

Competent authorities preparing a Strategic Environmental Assessment or Habitats Regulations Assessment for a local development plan, or reviewing an Environmental Impact Assessment or HRA evidence submitted in support of a planning application, may seek an external review and quality assurance process. Urban Edge Environmental Consulting can provide this service as a ‘critical friend’. There are established checklist protocols and methodologies advocated by IEMA and CIEEM. We also bring our own wealth of experience in these fields to provide objective and constructive advice on behalf of clients. Any organisation considering quality assurance support is advised to recognise timetable limitations; introduction at the end of an assessment process often restricts the ability to influence its findings and verify the veracity of procedures followed.  This is especially true in relation to the assessment of strategic alternatives or design of avoidance, mitigation and enhancement measures.

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Case Studies

HRA & QA Review - Major Development Area

In 2011 staff from Urban Edge Environmental Consulting coordinated work on behalf of the planning authorities, Winchester City and Havant Borough Councils, to provide technical advice in support of their consideration of a hybrid application for a residential-led Major Development Area west of Waterlooville.


The brief consisted of two main elements. Firstly to review the sections ......

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If you’re working on a Local Plan document and require support in the preparation of Habitats Regulations Assessment or Sustainability Appraisal / Strategic Environmental Assessment, or are thinking of commissioning an independent expert to review the documentation submitted by a project proponent, please contact us now to discuss your requirements.

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