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EA Team

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The Scottish Government must also on occasion act as a Responsible Authority.  Within the Scottish Government is a small team of experienced environmental assessment specialists that undertake much of the SEA work the Scottish Government is required to do.  This page has been created to host any relevant consultation material and recent publications to inform wider stakeholders and to help raise awareness of public consultations.

In addition to statutory consultations, the Environmental Assessment Team from time to time find it beneficial to seek opinions informally on some submissions, such as scoping which may also appear in these pages.   This area of the webpages allows them to place relevant assessment material for other practitioners and those with an interest in the submission to access.

Current consultations:

Draft Climate Change Plan: The Draft Third Report on Policies and Proposals 2017-2032 and Draft Scottish Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland

 Joint Environmental Report

The link to the SEA ER is: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/01/9030


Recent publications: 

Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan:

Post Adoption Statement

Habitats Regulations Appraisal Record


Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan, Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources – Blueprint for a More Resource Efficient and Circular Economy and Making Things Last – A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland:

Post Adoption Statement

Draft Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016 – 2021
Main Documents:

-  Getting the best from our land, consultation on a draft Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016 - 2021

-  Environmental Report

Supporting material:

- Draft Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016 – 2021: Scoping document



The Scottish Government, in partnership with the Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) Consultation Authorities (HES, SNH and SEPA), are undertaking a study of SEA within development planning. The study is seeking to identify opportunities for delivering proportionality in terms of offering supporting environmental information, which was a recommendation from the review of the Scottish Planning System.

Land Use Consultants (LUC) has been appointed to undertake the study. In support of this important work and to raise awareness we will shortly circulate an online survey to known stakeholders to gather views and opinions from a wide spectrum of experienced practitioners and decision makers within Planning. The findings of this survey should help to:

  • identify opportunities for delivering proportionality within key stages of SEA;

  • enhance SEA guidance and advice where necessary; and

  • indicate how SEA processes could be flexibly aligned with a new Scottish Planning System.

We would greatly appreciate your help in providing information and opinions on your experience of undertaking SEA of development plans. We are also keen to seek the views from those associated with the development plan preparation process – for example, as a decision maker, consultation authority or person using the outputs.

The survey is web-based and should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Any views expressed will be anonymised and non-attributable to individuals and organisations.

Planning authorities:                https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SEA_Research

Consultation authorities:          https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SEA_CA_Research