Felling and restocking regulations: strategic environmental assessment

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) to accompany the consultation on the regulation of felling and restocking in 2018.

9 Proposed programme of works and information on responding to the consultation

Table 3: Proposed programme of works

Indicative timeline

Preparation of Secondary Legislation

Stage of the SEA

January - April 2018

Development of proposals (phase 3) following informal consultation

Scoping: Setting scope of assessment and submission of Scoping Report to Consultation Authorities

April - May 2018

Further development of proposals

Environmental assessment: Undertake assessment and produce SEA Environmental Report

August - October 2018

Public consultation on 'package' of draft proposals or draft 'policy document'

Environmental Report: Out to consultation (8 weeks)

October - December 2018

Consultation analysis of all responses received and drafting of Regulations


1 st Quarter of 2019

Regulations laid in Parliament


April 2019

Regulations in force

Post- Adoption: Draft and finalise the Post-Adoption Statement.

Advertise and publish the Post Adoption Statement

Table 4: Responding to the consultation

When can I respond?

Respondents are asked to submit responses to this Environmental Report directly to the Scottish Government by closing date of Sunday 14 October 2018.

How can I respond?

  • Online: You can respond online using the Scottish Government's consultation platform, Consultation Hub, at: https://consult.gov.scot/forestry/fellingandrestocking. Consultation Hub allows you to save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. A copy of your final response will be emailed to you.
  • By Email or Post: Responses can be submitted by email, with the Respondent Information Form (see Appendix F), to FutureForestry@gov.scot by mail to Catherine Murdoch, Natural Resources Division, Directorate for Environment and Forestry, 3-G South, The Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

How will responses be considered?

Following the consultation, a Post-Adoption Statement will be prepared. The Statement will reflect on the views provided on the findings of the assessment and the proposals in the Consultation Paper and will explain how the issues raised have been taken into account in the proposals for the new Regulations on Felling and Restocking.

This Post-Adoption Statement will be prepared and published alongside, or as soon as practicable following the enactment of the Regulations on Felling and Restocking.

Suggested questions for responses to this Environmental Report

Respondents may find the following questions helpful to provide a focus for their responses to this Environmental Report. Please note that responses do not need to be limited to these questions, and more general comments on this Environmental Report and the proposals set out in the Consultation Paper are also invited.

1. What are your views on the evidence set out in the Environmental Report that has been used to inform the assessment process? (Please give details of any additional relevant sources).

2. What are your views on the predicted environmental effects as set out in the Environmental Report?

3. Do you agree with the conclusions and recommendations set out in the Environmental Report?

4. Please provide any other further comments you have on the Environmental Report.


Email: FutureForestry@gov.scot

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