We conduct Socio-Economic Impact Assessments to evaluate how a proposed scheme is likely to effect the local area, and the lives of existing and future communities. In the first instance, the assessment involves a thorough review of baseline data to form an understanding of the current local social, economic and environmental conditions. From this, an analysis is conducted on a number of potential impacts considering both their level of significance and their anticipated geographical range. From the conclusions drawn, appropriate mitigation and/or enhancement measures are suggested. These recommendations will inform the design and decision making process so as to satisfy planning requirements, and address the matters of most concern to Local Authorities and the local community.
The exact scope of the analysis is dependent on the proposed scheme, however common impacts considered include those likely to effect the local population, economy & the local job market, the provision of & increased demand on social infrastructure such as schools, public open space & community facilities, the provision of & increased demand on local services such as primary healthcare facilities and the potential impacts on the local sense of community cohesion & safety.