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Environmental protection: Implementing the EIA directive

Yorke, Rachel Anna; (1994) Environmental protection: Implementing the EIA directive. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access


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This thesis explores the origins of environmental protection policies and traces the course of their implementation through the EC's Environmental Action Programmes. One of the most important, and contentious, Directives to emerge from any Action Programme - the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (EIA) - is the focus of this thesis. The latter addresses the problems experienced by Planners in interpreting and implementing the legislation which, in the form of a Planning Regulation, translates the Directive into British Planning Law. Although there will be analysis of the links between, and potential for environmental protection of other management measures (such as environmental audits and appraisals), it is exploring the progress of the Town and Country Planning (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1988 that particularly interests the author. To this end, a survey of Local Planning Authorities in the South East has been undertaken. It is divided into two parts - half for establishing opinions and progress, and the remainder for collection of statistics on quantities of environmental statements received. Issues covered were ease of implementation, the "Place", or status of EA, the environmental auditing process, and the implications of Strategic Environmental Assessment. The research was intended as an important addition to the limited body of research. It makes suggestions for improvement which are hoped will inform and benefit both the "end user" of EA, the planners, and the DoE which produces (or doesn't produce) guidance on implementation. The remaining purpose of the thesis is to gather the different strands of commentary and research on this topic. The thesis ends with conclusions and prescriptions for improving implementation.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: Environmental protection: Implementing the EIA directive
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Social sciences; Health and environmental sciences; Environmental policy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099939
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