Environmental Impact Assessment & Permitting

Specialist evaluation and regulation services relating to hydrology, hydrogeology, geology, soils & peat.

Dr Catherine Isherwood is our expert in Environmental Impact Assessment & Permitting

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Evaluating impacts of developments on the
natural environment

WRc's team based at Stirling provide a range of specialist services relating to:

  • Environmental impact assessment with relation to the water environment and ground conditions
  • Developments on greenfield, brownfield and urban sites
  • Developments in areas of peatland including peat management and handling
  • Assessment of peat landslide hazard and risk
  • Assessment of effects on groundwater-dependent terrestrial ecosystems
  • Drainage impact assessment and outline drainage design
  • Borrow pit identification, design and assessment

Environmental permitting and regulation 

Our experts advise on environmental authorisation for various assets:

  • Abstraction and discharge permits
  • Construction runoff permits
  • Engineering works in the water environment, including watercourse crossings
  • Permission for activities within designated areas

We consult and facilitate liaison with UK regulatory authorities:

  • Environment Agency (EA)
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Northern Ireland Ennironment Agency (NIEA)
  • Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
  • Natural England
  • NatureScot

Experienced advisors within the industry

Our services have aided the assessment and permitting of environmental assets for numerous utility services, councils, developers and regulators.

Climate-conscious assessment of resources

As for all services provided by WRc, our environmental impact assessment has sustainability at its core. 

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Dr Catherine Isherwood

Principal Hydrologist

Catherine's work focuses on hydrological, hydrogeological and geological impact and risk assessment for a wide range of projects within Scotland, the UK and in Europe. She has provided extensive hydrological and hydrogeological support to infrastructure and development projects in upland and remote areas, including over 30 wind farm projects. Catherine has also been actively involved in pre-planning assessment work for a number of overhead and underground transmission lines.