Environmental Planning



With 20 years experience working with SEPA, we have expert knowledge of environmental matters in regulation and  the Scottish Planning System.

We can advise you on all aspects of Environmental Planning from Environmental Method Statements to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA).

Method Statements

If you are planning to carry out works in or near watercourses you will be expected to submit documentation to SEPA showing:

  • How you intend to undertake the works
  • The environmental risks that have been identified
  • The steps that will be taken to manage these risks including monitoring

This may also be required as part of planning permission granted by the Local Authority.

We can work with you to understand your project and environmental risks, create a method statement and help implement it.

In most cases, there will also be a requirement to have a Health & Safety method statement before the commencement of work.  We can incorporate Health & Safety requirements to form integrated method statements that meets with your requirements.

Applications to carry out a controlled activity

You may require a licence or permit from SEPA if you carry out an activity that impacts on the environment such as:

  • Emissions to air, including dust and noise
  • Discharges to water such as treated sewage or trade effluent
  • The abstraction of water
  • The treatment or disposal of waste

We can help identify the activities that require an application to be submitted and guide you through the application process. 

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

According to Scottish Government guidance; Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a means of drawing together, in a systematic way, an assessment of the likely significant environmental effects arising from a proposed development. 

All developments falling within a description in Schedule 1 to the 2017 EIA Regulations require EIA. 

Developments of a type listed in Schedule 2 to the 2017 EIA Regulations will require EIA if they are likely to have a significant effect on the environment, due to factors such as their size, nature or location.

We have extensive EIA experience working in a regulatory environment where we were responsible for ensuring that any EIA submitted met with SEPA's requirements.  We were also responsible for working with other statutory consultees to ensure that the EIA addressed all areas of concern.

We can work with you to produce a fully comprehensive EIA and liaise with statutory consultees to make sure we are fully aware of all requirements. 

get in touch to find out more