Environmental Assessment

Cairngorms LochScotland has some of the most unique and fragile environments in the world. The Scottish Government helps to protect these for future generations through Environmental Assessment legislation.

This legislation is designed to gauge the likely impact and the pressures on the environment from any plans, programmes or projects which are likely to affect it.

This includes:

Please see the below links for relevant information on each piece of legislation.


Strategic Environmental Assessment

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All Scottish public bodies and a few private companies operating in a 'public character' (e.g. utility companies) within Scotland are required to assess, consult and monitor the likely impacts of their plans, programmes and strategies on the environment. This process is known as Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

Habitats Regulations Appraisal

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Requires that certain plans which are likely to have a significant effects on a 'Natura 2000' site must be subject to an " Appropriate Assessment" by the plan-making authority.

Environmental Impact Assessment

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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a means of drawing together, in a systematic way, an assessment of the likely significant environmental effects arising from a proposed development.

Environmental Assessment Newsletter - July 2015

EA Newsletter

The Environmental Assessment Team within the Scottish Government, along with the Consultation Authorities (SNH, SEPA and Historic Scotland) have put together this latest newsletter. The newsletter draws together important updates which those dealing with either SEA, EIA or HRA should find helpful.

EA Newsletter

Downloadable document:

Title:Environmental Assessment
Description:Assessing the impact on the environment from public plans, programmes and strategies.
File:Newsletter - July 2015 [PDF, 188.1 kb: 06 Jul 2015]
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