Cairngorms National Park

Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag, Kingussie

Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan 2017-2022 SEA Scoping Report

Strategic Environmental Assessment

5th November, 2015

The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Cairngorms National Park National Park Partnership Plan (NPPP) is a statutory requirement under the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005. SEA is a systematic process developed to ensure that potential environmental impacts of Plans, Programmes and Strategies (PPS) (both positive and negative) are assessed and considered during the course of their preparation.

SEA aims to:

  • integrate environmental factors into NPPP preparation and decision making;
  • improve the NPPP and enhance environmental protection;
  • increase public participation in decision making; and
  • facilitate openness and transparency of decision making.

The SEA process is divided into five main stages which are:

  • Stage A: Setting the context and objectives, establishing the baseline and deciding on the scope;
  • Stage B: Developing and refining alternatives and assessing effects;
  • Stage C: Preparing the Environmental Report.
  • Stage D: Consulting on the draft NPPP and its Environmental Report; and
  • Stage E: Monitoring implementation of the NPPP.

The Scoping Report sets out the findings of Stage A of the process.

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