The first Land Use Strategy was published in March 2011. It initiated a step change towards a more integrated and strategic approach to land use.
The development of the first Land Use Strategy followed a public consultation which received 176 responses from a variety of different stakeholders. Information on the consultation process, the non-confidential responses, and the analysis can be found here:
If you prefer a hard copy of the responses you may view copies of the responses by visiting the Scottish Government Library, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ, or can also be provided by post. Charges for photocopies are made on a cost-recovery basis. To request copies by post and enquire about charges, or to make an appointment to view responses at the library, contact the Library on 0131 244 4556 or SGLibrary@scotland.gov.uk.
The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was an integral part of developing the first Strategy - a scoping report was published in March 2010 and an Environmental Report was published as part of the public consultation.
Eleven public workshops to discuss the early views of interested parties were held around the country in Spring 2010, and a summary report published. A short study was also conducted on land use strategies outside Scotland. This was followed by a 12 week statutory consultation on the draft Strategy.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 requires public bodies in Scotland to carry out Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) on their plans, programmes and strategies. SEA is a way of examining plans and strategies as they develop, to identify any significant effects they may have on the environment. It ensures that environmental considerations are taken into account. SEA also aims to build in mitigation measures, to avoid or minimise any potentially significant adverse effects on the environment, and look for opportunities to enhance a strategy's environmental performance.
The environmental assessment progressed alongside the development of the draft Strategy during Summer 2010. The findings were set out in the Environmental Report which was supported by a Scenario's Assessment and a Non-Technical Summary. The report was consulted on alongside the draft Land Use Strategy in Autumn-Winter 2010.
An Analysis Report was then prepared which represented the full range of views received on the Environmental Report through the consultation. This report was used in the finalisation of the Land Use Strategy. Following the publication of the Land Use Strategy a post-adoption Strategic Environmental Assessment Statement was prepared.