Formal consultations and external event activities

This is the SEPA consultation platform. We welcome your involvement in our policy making and you are invited to comment on any of our current consultations.

This site will help you find and participate in consultations that are of interest to you.

Recently updated consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc

Consultations on applications under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 and applications under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 can be found on the SEPA website.

Open Consultations

  • Spaces for People consultation

    Spaces for People is a new, temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise during the Covid-19 outbreak. It is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by... More

    Closes 8 July 2020

Closed Consultations

  • Sector plans

    We recognise that as a society, we are over-using our planet’s resources, and if everyone lived as we do in Scotland, we would need three planets to sustain ourselves. In the 21st century, only those businesses, societies and nations which have developed ways to prosper within the planet’s... More

    Closed 19 June 2020

  • Significant Water Management Issues for Scotland

    Scotland is renowned worldwide for the quality of its rivers, lochs, wetlands and seas. They are some of the country’s greatest natural assets: attracting visitors, contributing to the health and well-being of its people, supporting a rich diversity of wildlife and providing for the... More

    Closed 19 June 2020

  • The challenges facing our water environment in the Solway Tweed

    The water environment is essential to life and is integral to the health and wellbeing of local communities. However it is under pressure from climate change and a legacy of historic demands. We must protect the water environment from further harm and look for opportunities to restore... More

    Closed 19 June 2020

  • The Leven Programme - Connectivity Project survey

    The Leven Programme is a regeneration initiative with the environment and people at its heart. It aims to breathe life back into the River Leven and improve the areas surrounding it, making them great places to live, work and visit. Reconnecting people and place is a key... More

    Closed 3 April 2020

  • HMNB Clyde Application Consultation

    SEPA has received an application to approve radioactive waste disposal from HMNB Clyde. It is SEPA practice to consult with a number of organisations and the wider public on such applications. More

    Closed 13 March 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

We consulted on an application received from the Ministry of Defence regarding HMNB Clyde and radioactive substances. The consultation ran between the January and March 2020 and provided the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to existing agreements that cover the disposal of radioactive waste from both Coulport and Faslane.

You Said

We received over 7,000 responses that we are currently in the process of reviewing.

We Did

The very high number of responses received together with the change to working arrangements due to COVID-19 has resulted in a delay to our review of responses and which will also delay progress of the application process. This page will be updated to include a summary of the consultation responses, when they have been reviewed, and our decision record.

We Asked

SEPA and the Environment Agency ran a consultation about the steps we intend to take to engage stakeholders in the preparation of the third river basin management plan, RBMP.

The consultation provided stakeholders with the opportunity to comment on; the timescales for formal consultation, intentions to work with partners and our intentions for cross border working. A consultation for Scotland ran in conjunction.

You Said

Seventeen responses from a variety of well-informed stakeholders responded. Respondents were supportive of the proposed steps and timescales set out in the consultation. The respondents praised the partnership approach and support integration of plans and policies. It was acknowledged that this approach often needs to be adapted for with cross border working. They felt this was the most efficient way to use resource and deliver wider benefits.

We Did

The full summary of responses can be found here.

Given the largely supportive responses we intend to progress with the proposals outlined in the consultation to develop the third river basin management plans.

In addition to our national approaches, SEPA and the Environment Agency will jointly develop a communication and engagement strategy for catchments close to the national border.

We Asked

SEPA ran a consultation about the steps we will take to engage stakeholders in the preparation of the third river basin management plan, RBMP, for Scotland. The consultation provided stakeholder with the opportunity to comment on; the timescales for formal consultation, how we will engage with partners, our intentions for cross border working and aligning RBMP with other plans and policies. A consultation for the Solway Tweed ran in conjunction.

You Said

We received 38 responses from a variety of well-informed stakeholders who agreed with the proposed consultation steps and timescales set out in the consultation. The respondents were very supportive of the proposed partnership approach and integration with plans and policies. They felt this was the most efficient way to use resource and delivery multiple benefits. Some respondents sought clarification about the format of engagement and more detail about how RBMP would be integrated into other plans and policies.

We Did

The full summary of responses can be found here.

Given the supportive nature of the responses SEPA will progress with the proposals outlined. SEPA will publish a communication and engagement strategy geared to the publication of the third plans to provide further detail to stakeholders.