Environmental planning is the process of facilitating decision making on potential property development sites with due consideration given to the natural environmental, social, political, economic and governance factors and provides a holistic frame work to achieve sustainable outcomes.
The relationship between planning and permitting
It’s important to understand the issues that could overlap between planning and permitting because planning and permitting decisions are separate but closely linked. Planning permission determines if a development is acceptable use of the land while permitting determines if an operation on a site can be managed on an ongoing basis to prevent or minimise pollution. Both decisions:
•Take account of environmental risks and impacts.
•Are needed before a developer can operate the proposed development.
•May be granted or refused according to their respective legal requirements.
Scope of environmental considerations
A range of environmental issues are considered when planning applications and environmental permits are determine, however the range is generally wider for planning than it is for permitting. For example, the planning authority must take into account visual impact and off site traffic implications while the scope of an environmental permit is defined by activities set out in the appropriate environmental planning regulations. The permitted activities may form a part of, but not all, of the development needing planning permission. In these cases, the planning application will need to address environmental considerations from those parts of the development that are not covered by the permit.