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Planning Advice Note 1/2010 Strategic Environmental Assessment of Development Plans

DescriptionProvides advice on how the requirements of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 can be met within the development planning process.
ISBN978 0 7559 7853
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2010
Website Publication DateMarch 19, 2010


March 2010

ISSN 0141-514X
ISBN 978 0 7559 7853 3 (Web only publication)

This document is also available in pdf format (272k)


1. Introduction
How to use this Planning Advice Note

2. Aims of Strategic Environmental Assessment

3. Key Principles

4. Integration
Development plan scheme / participation statement
The development plan monitoring statement
The main issues report and the environmental report
The proposed plan
Action programme
Approval and adoption
Supplementary guidance
Other guidance

5. Proportionality
Smarter scoping
Early consultation
Selective reporting
Assessment methods that are fit for purpose
Identifying significant environmental effects
Identifying cumulative effects

6. More Efficient Resourcing
Joining up SEAs
SEA and other assessments
SEA, Masterplans and EIA
Minimising demands on resources
Who should undertake the SEA?

7. Conclusion
Help and advice

Planning Series:

  • Scottish Planning Policy ( SPP) is the statement of the Scottish Government's policy on nationally important land use planning matters.
  • National Planning Framework ( NPF) is the Scottish Government's strategy for Scotland's long term spatial development.
  • Circulars, which also provide statements of the Scottish Government's policy, contain guidance on policy implementation through legislative or procedural change.

Statements of Scottish Government policy in the SPP, NPF, Designing Places, Designing Streets and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plans and development management decisions.

Designing Places, Designing Streets and the West Edinburgh Planning Framework have the same status in decision making as the SPP and NPF.

Planning Advice Notes ( PANs) provide advice and information on technical planning matters.

Design Advice Guidance will provide guidance and information on design matters covering a range of practical projects and roles.

Further information on the Scottish Government's role in the planning system is available on http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning