How third runway scoping opinion highlights EIA complexity

A scoping opinion on the environmental statement for Heathrow’s proposed third runway shows consultants must strive to balance the need to provide detail with the need for clarity. Catherine Early reports

Illustration of Heathrow's proposed third runway

Heathrow Airport was given permission to scope out only 11 of the 200 issues it had requested permission to omit from an environmental impact assessment

The Planning Inspectorate’s response to proposals by Heathrow Airport Limited to omit several issues from the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the application for its third runway reveals the difficulties faced by consultants advising on EIAs, experts say.

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