The Scottish Government has undertaken a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of NPF3 and the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP), as required by the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005.
SEA is undertaken to ensure that the environmental effects of plans, programmes and strategies, and reasonable alternatives to them, are identified and taken into account. The findings of the assessment are set out in an Environmental Report (official publication), which was published for public consultation alongside the Main Issues Report (official) for NPF3 and the Draft SPP (official).
The Scottish Government doesn’t consider that the Environmental Report requires formal updating as relevant content has already been assessed and consulted on. However, in the interest of transparency, we have published an Annex to the Environmental Report which updates the SEA findings.