Procedure and Environmental Management

Spatial developments have a major impact on the environment and vice versa. This reciprocal effect can lead to bottlenecks and delays in complex projects. How do you, as a government body or contractor, keep developments going and ensure adequate support, in spite of complicated procedures, laws and regulations? Antea Group's environmental managers are ready to use their expertise to manage all of this for you.

Antea Group & environmental management
Environmental management involves managing projects in such a way that they can be realized on time and on budget, with the effective involvement of stakeholders, from strategy to implementation. The planning stage of public space projects involves engaging stakeholders at the right moment and in the right way, and combining their interests in order to avoid procedural bottlenecks and delays at an early stage, ensuring that there is maximum support for the process and its results. Alongside this, environmental management involves timely application for the right permits, agreement being made with cable and pipe managers, having clarity about which procedures need to be followed, the associated timescales and at what points the environment can best be communicated with.

Antea Group's environmental managers speak the language of managers and politicians, contractors, residents, competent authorities and other stakeholders. They have the in-house expertise needed to help you with:

  • Stakeholders and participation
  • Procedure and permit management
  • Contract preparation
  • Supervision of implementation

Stakeholders and participation
Involvement of stakeholders is essential for the development of a supported project outcome. Stakeholders increasingly have a direct impact on projects. The early involvement of stakeholders can boost project quality and potentially accelerate the process. We are happy to help with the development of a suitable environmental strategy and have numerous in-house options and resources relating to the participation and involvement of stakeholders.

Permits and procedures
Permits, infrastructure routing orders, and environmental impact assessments are all part of the intensive process of complex procedures that have to be negotiated before building work can start. A job well prepared, is a job half done. As part of Quickscan procedures and permit application procedures, we assess at an early stage which procedures are required for the realization of a project. In compliance with the Nature Conservancy Act, we also run a preliminary check to be able to assess to what extent negative effects for Natura 2000 may arise as a result of spatial developments.

A comprehensive permit analysis is a key component of this Quickscan. As part of this analysis, we sit down with the competent authorities to get a clear idea of what permits are needed. This results in a clear risk profile for the permits file. We also align turnaround times of permits to be sure we can make the intended start date of the project.

After we have assessed which permits we need and which procedures we have to follow, we proceed to the actual application for these permits. This can include a water permit, environmental permit (WABO), permit under the Earth Removal Act, and an exemption under the Flora and Fauna Act.

Contract and implementation stage
Our knowledge of contract types and environmental management come together in the contract stage. Agreements made with stakeholders are assured, procedural conditions are documented and the contract is drawn up. Our "LEREND" methodology can also help you to become a natural at this yourself.
During implementation we use communications experts and environmental consultants to structure the realization stage in such a way as to minimize disruption to users and residents. Traffic management, agreements with emergency services, informing the neighborhood and fulfillment of agreements made with stakeholders all play a key part here.

For further information: 

Coert Ruseler
T: +31 (0) 36 530 81 33