Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Draft Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Volume 1: Environmental Report

DescriptionStrategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Draft Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Volume 1: Environmental Report
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Contents

Acknowledgements

Non-Technical Summary

1 Introduction
1.1 This Strategic Environmental Assessment
1.2
Background to the Draft Plan
1.3 Key elements of the Draft Plan
1.4
Structure of this Environmental Report ( ER)
1.5 Screening and Scoping of the ER
1.6
Legal Requirement for SEA
1.7 Further Consultation on the ER
1.8
Scope of this ER
1.9 Source Information for this ER
1.10
Habitats Regulations Appraisal

2 SEA Methodology
2.1 SEA Approach
2.2
Screening and Scoping
2.3 Identification of Generic Effects
2.4
Baseline Data Collection
2.5 Establishing SEA Objectives
2.6
Options Considered
2.7 Assessment Methodology
2.8
Reporting
2.9 Implementation and Monitoring
2.10
Regional Management of Issues
2.11 Approach to Consultation
2.12
Assumptions and Limitations of this SEA

3 Planning Context and Legislation
3.1 Introduction
3.2
The Relationship between SEA, EIA and The Crown Estate Exclusivity Agreements
3.3 Relationship with other PPS and environmental objectives
3.4
Other developments in or adjacent to STW
3.5 National Planning Legislation and Policy
3.6
Legislation

4 Sources of Potential Environmental Effects
4.1 Introduction
4.2
Description of Potential Effects Tables
4.3 Summary of Potential Effects

5 Environmental Baseline
5.1 Introduction
5.2
Climatic Factors
5.3 Water Resources
5.4
Sediments, Geology and Coastal Processes
5.5 Biodiversity, Flora and Fauna
5.6
Landscape and Seascape
5.7 Population and Human Health
5.8
Cultural Heritage
5.9 Material Assets
5.10
Likely evolution of the environment without the Plan
5.11 Environmental problems

6 SEA Objectives
6.1 Introduction
6.2
SEA Objectives

7 Alternative Options
7.1 Introduction
7.2
Evolution of the Baseline in the Absence of the Plan
7.3 Selection of Short Term Options
7.4
Selection of Medium Term Options
7.5 The Medium Term Options
7.6
Long Term Option

8 Assessment of Environmental Effects
8.1 Introduction
8.2
Assessment Methodologies
8.3 Evolution of Baseline in the Absence of the Plan
8.4
Assessment of Short Term Options
8.5 Assessment of Medium Term Options
8.6
Cumulative Impacts
8.7 Mitigation Measures
8.8
Residual effects

9 Monitoring and Implementation
9.1 Introduction
9.2
Recommendations for Further Work
9.3 Opportunities
9.4
Recommendations for Implementation of the Draft Plan
9.5 Monitoring of the Plan

10 Next steps: questions for consultees

Glossary

References

Figures

Appendices
1.1 Offshore Wind Energy Development SEA Scoping Report
3.1 Relevant Plans, Programmes and Strategies
3.2 Legislative Drivers
4.1 Potential Impact Tables
5.1 National Priority Marine Habitats and Species
5.2 National Priority Fish Species
5.3 National Priority Marine Mammal and Otter Species
5.4 Bird Species
5.5 Internationally and Nationally Designated Landscapes
5.6 Key Characteristics of Seascape Units Around the Scottish Coastline
8.1 Assessment Methodologies for Individual SEA Receptors
8.2 Short term Option Impact Assessment Tables
8.3 Medium term Option Impact Assessment Tables

Table 1-1: Key Elements of the Plan
Table 2-1: Summary of key stages of stakeholder consultation
Table 3-1: Other developments in or adjacent to STW
Table 5-1: Possible interactions with climatic factors
Table 5-2: Possible interactions with water resources
Table 5-3: Possible interactions with sediments, geology and coastal processes
Table 5-4: National priority marine habitats and marine benthic species reported in Scottish Local BAPs ( LBAPs)
Table 5-5: Habitats listed under Annex I of the EU Habitats Directive ( JNCC)
Table 5-6: National priority fish species
Table 5-7: National priority marine mammals and otters reported in Scottish local BAPs
Table 5-8: Interactions with biodiversity, flora and fauna
Table 5-9: Possible interactions with landscape and visual amenity
Table 5-10: Indicative use of waters around the Scottish coast for recreational sailing
Table 5-11: Possible interactions with population and human health
Table 5-12: Historic wrecks
Table 5-13: Possible interactions with cultural heritage
Table 5-14: MEHRAs around the Scottish coast (DfT 2006)
Table 5-15: Summary of recorded vessel type around Scotland (Scottish Government 2007)
Table 5-16: Likely evolution of baseline without and with wind energy development
Table 5-17: Environmental problems relevant to the Plan
Table 6-1: SEA objectives, sub-objectives and indicators
Table 7-1: Short Term Options and STW Exclusivity Agreement
Table 7-2: Factors taken into account in the development of the Medium Term Plan
Table 7-3: Medium term options
Table 8-1: Key to Potential Significance of Alternative Options Assessment
Table 8-2: Potentially Significant Impacts of Alternative Options (Prior to Mitigation)
Table 8-3 Potentially Significant Impacts of Alternative Medium Term Options (Prior to Mitigation)
Table 8-4 Residual Effects
Table 9-1: Recommendations for Further Work
Table 9-2: Proposed SEA Monitoring Framework

Contents Amendment Record

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