Environmental Statement - Transport
and Access Chapter

Many major developments require the preparation and submission of an Environmental Statement which deals with the impact of the development on the surrounding area. A fundamental aspect of this is the potential impact of traffic likely to be generated by the development which is included within the Transport and Access Chapter. Such assessments are undertaken in accordance with the Institute of Environmental Assessment’s 1993 publication 'Guidelines for the Environmental Assessment of Road Traffic'.

Developments such as large Waste Transfer Stations and recycling facilities are likely to require such an assessment.

However, even smaller renewable energy sites will require some element of environmental impact consideration.

This assessment will identify particular groups or locations which may be sensitive to changes in traffic conditions. These include the following:-

  • People at Home
  • People at Workplaces
  • Sensitive Groups including Children, Elderly and Disabled
  • Sensitive Locations e.g. Hospitals, Churches, Schools and Historic Buildings
  • People Walking
  • People Cycling
  • Open Space, Recreational Sites and Shopping Areas
  • Sites of Ecological/Nature Conservation
  • Sites of Tourist/Visitor Attraction

The impact of the traffic likely to be associated with the development will be considered against the following headings:-

  • Night Time Noise
  • Pedestrian Amenity
  • Vibration
  • Accidents and Safety
  • Driver Severance and Delay
  • Hazardous and Dangerous Loads
  • Pedestrian Severance and Delay
  • Dust and Dirt

The assessment will identify the sensitivity of a particular receptor i.e. pedestrians and the level of change in traffic flows on that receptor. The resultant impact will be described along the lines of those contained in the table below:-

Magnitude of Impact

Sensitivity of Baseline

High

Medium

Low

High

Substantial

Moderate

Slight

Medium

Moderate

Slight

Slight

Low

Slight

No Effect

No Effect

 

Further consideration will be given to the length of time the impact will occur i.e. short, medium or long term and whether it is temporary or permanent.

The impact will be assessed with and without any proposed mitigation measures to provide an indication of their effectiveness.

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Environmental Statement, Transport and Access Chapter, Impact Of The Development On The Surrounding Area Waste Transfer Stations, Recycling Facilities Renewable Energy Sites, Mitigation Measures