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Strategic Environmental Assessment

A Strategic Environmental Assessment is a formal environmental assessment of plans or programmes which are likely to have significant effects on the environment. The assessment is produced in the form of an environmental report. Further details on the SEA Directive, the process and other DECC SEAs can be found on the BERR offshore energy SEA website and the Department of Communities and Local Government website.

The Severn tidal power feasibility study does include a Strategic Environmental Assessment and a consortium led by Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed to manage this for us. The process is guided by a stakeholder steering group and membership details, together with minutes from previous meetings can be found on the Parsons Brinckerhoff website.

One of the Consortium’s first actions was to issue a Call for Evidence with two separate but related elements:

  • a Call for Proposals, inviting evidence based proposals for development which will generate electricity from the tidal range of the Severn Estuary. This closed on 13 June 08 and we announced a long-list of potential schemes on 23 July 08.
  • a Call for Information, inviting interested parties to submit information which could potentially contribute to the evidence base for the initial appraisal of schemes and the SEA. This closed on 11 July 08 and the information gathered was used to help the Parsons Brinckerhoff team develop a draft Strategic Environmental Assessment scoping report.

The draft scoping report is available from the Severn Tidal Power Consultation website.