Last edited 16 Apr 2020

Strategic environmental assessment

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) defines a strategic environmental assessment as:

'A procedure (set out in the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004) which requires the formal environmental assessment of certain plans and programmes which are likely to have significant effects on the environment.'

NB A handbook on environmental impact assessment, 4th edition, published by Scottish Natural Heritage in 2013 suggests that the terms Strategic Environmental Appraisal, or Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) refer to: ‘…the whole process of considering the environmental effects of certain public plans and programmes, including development plans, under the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005.’

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