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Protecting the environment

A top priority for all major construction projects these days is care for the environment.  That means carrying out the works with the minimum of disruption to local wildlife and vegetation.

In order to comply with the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and associated Regulations, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will be carried out for the Grangemouth Flood Protection Scheme and an Appropriate Assessment and Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) due to the likely impact on a European site. The term ‘European site’ is used to refer to what were previously known as ‘Natura’ sites.  This recognises that Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) protect species and habitats shared across Europe and were originally designated under European legislation.

The EIA considers the impact of the scheme and proposed mitigation under a number of headings, namely:

  • Wildlife and biodiversity

  • Air quality

  • Noise and vibration

  • Landscape and cultural heritage

  • Transportation

  • Water environment

  • Land quality and contamination

  • People

The findings of this EIA will be published in the Scheme’s Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR).  These and other relevant documents will be available as part of the documentation when the Scheme is published in Spring 2024.

 Lily Pad Blossom Photo
Nuthatch Photo
Waterfall photo
Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Determination

Falkirk Council’s planning service determined that the Scheme should be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This is for the purposes of Regulation 4 of the Flood Risk Management (Flood Protection Schemes, Potentially Vulnerable Areas and Local Plan Districts) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (as amended).

The EIA determination from Falkirk Council can be viewed here.

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