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We are creating a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland, which will come into effect from 1 October 2015. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. We will continue to keep you up to date on developments. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.

SEA undertaken by Historic Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland are identified within the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 as a Responsible Authority.  The term ‘Responsible Authority’ is used to describe the organisation responsible for preparing a plan, programme or strategy.  Being a Responsible Authority means that Historic Environment Scotland consider all of its qualifying plans, programmes and strategies for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).  Where significant environmental effects are likely we undertake an environmental assessment prior to adoption.

What is SEA?
SEA is a systematic process for identifying, predicting, reporting and mitigating the environmental effects of plans, programmes and strategies.  SEA is a vital tool for putting the environment at the heart of public sector activity and it is seen as a key component of sustainable development.

SEA achieves this by systematically assessing and monitoring the significant environmental effects of public sector strategies, plans and programmes.  The SEA process ensures that we seek views and expertise at various points in the process from SNH, SEPA, the public and key stakeholders.  A public statement as to how opinions have been taken into account is produced at the end of the process.

Our SEAs
A full record of all SEA work undertaken by Historic Scotland can be found via the Scottish Government SEA Database.

Contact us

Alasdair McKenzie
Development Asessment Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House, Room E14
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44(0) 131 668 8924