The Government Office for London requests an Environmental Impact
An EIA covers much more than the effect a development will have on
the flora and fauna in an area. It requires a thorough assessment
of the social impacts, including the effect on the population, the
emissions of noise and light, and the amount of water and air pollution
resulting from both the construction and the operation of the development.
Results have to be delivered in clear, non-technical language, and
once an EIA has been ordered it must be completed and delivered before
planning permission can be granted.
Information and a copy of the Guidelines on producing an EIA are on
the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website:
Index to the Guidelines
Guide to Procedures - this is an Adobe Acrobat file and may take
a while to download
Notes on the Regulations - this page also has an address for the
printed version of the Guide