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Strategic Environmental Assessment Research 2016/17

Strategic Environmental Assessment Research 2016/17

In October 2016, research began into Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Local Development Plans in Scotland.
The research was commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Government (SG).

This research has identified: 

  • opportunities for delivering proportionality within key stages of SEA
  • proposals to enhance SEA guidance and advice 
  • how SEA processes can be flexibly aligned with a new Scottish Planning System and remain compliant.