This UK practice series offers you thought pieces contributed by IEMA EIA Quality Mark registrants, formatted as a thought-provoking quick read covering key aspects of UK EIA practice. It showcases fresh ideas on key topics and offers you new perspectives on how you can push forward the practice of Impact Assessment in your own organisation.

Volume 11: Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (October 2021)

The pandemic has reinforced the importance of local green space and community spaces across the British Isles and globally. Furthermore, a focus on quality is increasingly featuring in planning debates in England, with an updated National Planning Policy Framework, National Design Guide and National Model Design Code all emphasizing the importance of quality, place-based design. In terms of planning and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the consideration of landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA) can be a contentious and disputed area of practice. The UK and Ireland have world renowned natural and built heritage and an incredible variety of landscapes. Thankfully, guidance on this area of practice is well developed with an established methodology presented in the third edition of the Landscape Institute and IEMA’s Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA).

This eleventh edition of the Impact Assessment Outlook Journal is a collaboration between IEMA and the Landscape Institute and provides a series of thought pieces on landscape and visual impact assessment. In this edition, the Guest Editor (Rebecca Knight, Chair of the GLVIA Panel of the Landscape Institute) has selected seven articles produced by landscape professionals. The result is a collection of valuable insights into some of the key current topics in landscape and visual impact assessment.

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Click here to read the blog by Rebecca Knight, Chair of the GLVIA Panel of the Landscape Institute and Guest Editor for the Journal.


Volume 10: Marine and Coastal Impact Assessment (July 2021)

The UK is a maritime nation with a coastline around 8000 miles long, over 1000 islands, and nowhere onshore is more than 70 miles from the coast. The consideration of human impacts on the marine environmental is an expanding frontier of EIA best practice and has seen a marked increase in activity in recent decades, in particular from the development of offshore wind, in which the UK is a world leader.

However, guidance on this area of practice is less well developed than many terrestrial aspects, and a variety of methodologies are often adopted by different practitioners and in different sectors. In this tenth volume of the Impact Assessment Outlook Journal, the articles explore the consideration of marine and coastal impact assessment and consenting.

Marine and Coastal Impact Assessment seeks to aid practitioners through guidance and advice on this complex area of practice. Created in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group and Guest Edited by Kathryn Collins, Principal Consultant at Howell Marine Consulting. This IA Outlook Journal is a welcome addition for anyone working within, or interested in, marine and coastal impact assessment.

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Click here to read the blog by Kathryn Collins AIEMA, Principal Consultant at Howell Marine Consulting and Guest Editor for the Journal.


Volume 9: Careers and Skills in Impact Assessment (May 2021)

“From its origins in the United States National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, Impact Assessment has expanded to over 40 different forms and is now practiced in every country in the world.”
Dr. Rufus Howard FIEMA CEnv

Impact Assessment is an important tool that is used in a wide range of activities including policy development, decision making, spatial planning, development control, due diligence and financial transactions. However, with over 40 different forms of Impact Assessment practiced globally, Impact Assessment is more than a tool for sustainability and environmental protection, it is also an academic and professional discipline, and for many practitioners, a career.

Careers and Skills in Impact Assessment provides insight into the views of current practitioners reflecting on this topic area. Created in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group and Guest Edited by Amy Robinson, Director at RPS, this IA Outlook Journal is a welcome addition for anyone working within, or interested in, Careers and Skills in Impact Assessment.

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Click here to read the Blog by the Guest Editor Amy Robinson.


Volume 8: Health Impact Assessment in Planning (October 2020)

“The historic consideration of human health in EIA has often been too narrow in scope. New techniques are now being implemented to improve and widen the scope of human health assessment in EIA practice to better capture potentially significant health effects.”
Dr. Rufus Howard FIEMA CEnv

Planning and the EIA process requires the consideration of populations and human health to be undertaken. However, guidance on this area of practice is sparse, and a variety of methodologies are adopted by different practitioners. In this eighth volume of the Impact Assessment Outlook Journal, the articles explore the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a planning tool as well as the consideration of health in EIA.

This eighth volume from the series brings together a selection of articles on HIA in planning. With the world still in the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic, a focus on health has never been more relevant. This edition explores mechanisms by which health may be better integrated into the planning system through the implementation of standalone HIA or as an integral part of EIA.

Health Impact Assessment in Planning seeks to aid practitioners through guidance and advice on this complex area of practice. Created in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group and Guest Edited by Joanna Bagley, Senior Associate Director at Waterman. This IA Outlook Journal is a welcome addition for anyone working within, or interested in, Health Impact Assessment and Planning.

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Volume 7: Demystifying Cumulative Effects (July 2020)

The EIA process requires the consideration of cumulative effects to be undertaken. However, guidance on this area of practice is often lacking, and a variety of methodologies are adopted by different practitioners. Broadly speaking, CEA falls into two strands, the first being to ensure that the effects of the project are considered cumulatively alongside those of other proposed developments in geographic proximity to the project, and then secondly, to ensure that cumulative effects are considered for a single receptor (i.e. people, wildlife or the physical environment) where multiple impacts (i.e. noise, air quality, traffic and visual impacts) are predicted to arise from the scheme.

Due to the potential complexity involved in assessing cumulative effects, Volume 7 of our Impact Assessment Outlook Journal series explores these issues and provides guidance for practitioners.

This seventh volume from the series focusses on CEA in EIA and seeks to aid practitioners through guidance and advice on this complex area of practice. Created in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group and Guest Edited by Andy Mitchell, Associate at Arup. This IA Outlook Journal is a treasure trove for anyone working within, or interested in, Cumulative Effects Assessment.

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Volume 6: Digital Impact Assessment in Practice (May 2020)

What does Digital Impact Assessment look like in practice and how are organisations embracing innovation and digital? Volume 6 of our Impact Assessment Outlook Journal series explores these questions and provides examples drawn from practice.

This sixth edition of the Impact Assessment Outlook Journal focusses on how Digital Impact Assessment is being implemented in practice and what measures and approaches practitioners working on Digital Impact Assessment would recommend for those interesting in applying it themselves.

Created specifically for this edition of the Outlook Journal by members of the IEMA Digital Impact Assessment working group and Guest Edited by Tom Gold, Senior Consultant at WSP. This digital journal is perfect for anyone working within, or interested in, Impact Assessment.

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The articles included in this Outlook Journal can also be viewed on the IEMA Digital Microsite here. This microsite includes additional visual and interactive content alongside the Outlook Journal articles and extracts from the Digital Impact Assessment Primer.


Volume 5: Flexibility in EIA (February 2020)

Town and Country Planning allows a variety of flexible permissions to be sought for EIA Development, from outline planning applications, subsequent reserved matters to minor material amendments and non-material amendments. However, ensuring the EIA process is robust and transparent alongside these flexible instruments is not always straightforward. Volume 5 of our Impact Assessment Outlook Journal series explores these issues and provides examples drawn from practice.

This fifth volume from the series focusses on flexibility in EIA and in particular with regard to the tricky area of ensuring EIA is adequately undertaken alongside the more flexible forms of planning permissions such as, material changes, non-material changes, outline permissions and reserved matters. Created in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group and Guest Edited by Clare Richmond, EIA Officer at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. This digital journal is perfect for anyone working within, or interested in, Impact Assessment.

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Volume 4: Perspectives on net gain in EIA

How has the concept of net gain evolved and how does it relate to EIA? Volume 4 of our Impact Assessment Outlook Journal series explores this question and provides examples drawn from practice.

This fourth volume from the series focuses on the evolution of concepts such as biodiversity offsetting, net gain and ecosystem services and how they can be embraced by EIA.

Created in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group and Guest Edited by Emma Magee, Senior Environmental Project Manager at the Environment Agency., this digital journal is perfect for anyone working within, or interested in, Impact Assessment.

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Volume 3: Perspectives upon renewable energy and EIA

What are some of the important aspects to consider when undertaking the EIA process for renewable energy projects? Volume 3 of our Impact Assessment Outlook Journal series explores this question and provides solutions drawn from practice.

This third volume from the series focuses on the different challenges and opportunities facing renewable energy in relation to EIA projects. What are the key ingredients for a successful project?

Created in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group and Guest Edited by Lisa Mugan, Senior Consultant at Hydrock, this digital journal is perfect for anyone working within, or interested in, Impact Assessment.

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Volume 2: Perspectives upon Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and Development Consent Orders

How can practitioners overcome the challenges associated with the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime? Volume 2 of our new IEMA publication explores this question and provides solutions drawn from practice.

This second volume from the series focuses on the challenges associated with the planning regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and Development Consent Orders. What were they and how can they be overcome?

Completed in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group and Guest Edited by David Hoare, IEMA IA Network Steering Group member, IEMA North West Regional Network member and Associate Director at WSP, this digital journal is perfect for anyone working within, or interested in, Impact Assessment.

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Volume 1: Perspectives upon Proportionate EIA

How can the EIA process and resulting Environmental Statements become more focused, effective and efficient? A brand new IEMA publication explores this question and provides solutions drawn from practice.

This first volume from the series focuses on the drive towards proportionate EIA, the challenges, opposing forces, maintaining high performance in ES production and ensuring effective outcomes are delivered for the environment, developer and communities.

Created in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group and Guest Edited by Josh Fothergill FIEMA, this digital journal is perfect for anyone working within, or interested in, Impact Assessment.

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Interested in contributing or being a future Guest Editor?

If you would like to contribute or Guest Edit a future Volume, please get in touch any time to explore the opportunity and ask about future volumes' themes.

If you have an article ready for contribution and want to ensure it meets our guidelines, it should be approximately 800 words in length and provide a perspective on the theme of the volume. Articles will generally be written by a single named author and must avoid being directly advertorial of the services provided by the author’s organisation.

If you would like to get involved, please contact IEMA’s Policy Lead, Spencer Clubb.