Environmental Standards Scotland - draft strategic plan

Closed 17 Aug 2022

Opened 25 May 2022

Feedback updated 30 Sep 2022

We asked

Envrionmental Strandards Scotland published a draft Strategic Plan for consultation on 25 May 2022 and invited responses by midnight on 17 August 2022. The consultation sought views on ESS’ proposed approach to carrying out its oversight role.

You said

You welcomed the establishment of ESS, and broadly supported the aims and level of ambition set out in the Strategic Plan. You made suggestions to enhance or strengthen the Plan and its contents. You also sought clarification about some of the terminology used to better understand how ESS will undertake its responsibilities. 

We did

We reviewed all the comments made, and updated text, diagrams and the glossary to clarify terminology and explain our processes. We have now laid a revised Strategic Plan before the Scottish Parliament for approval. An accompanying statement gives further detail about how the Plan was revised to reflect consultation responses. See our website for more information. 

Results updated 30 Sep 2022


Published responses

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Environmental Standard Scotland (ESS) is a new independent public body, established by the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021. ESS has been created to monitor the effectiveness of environmental law in Scotland and public authorities’ compliance with it, and to prevent enforcement gaps arising from the UK leaving the European Union.

What are we seeking views on

We want to improve the quality of the environment in Scotland and help achieve the highest environmental standards.

This consultation is seeking views and comments on ESS’ draft Strategic Plan. The plan is a statement about how we will work to scrutinise, investigate and secure improvements in public authorities’ compliance with environmental law, the effectiveness of environmental law, and the way it is being implemented and applied in Scotland.



Responding to this consultation

The consultation is open until the 17 August 2022 and you are invited to share your views with us using our online survey - please select the Give us your views link below.  

Alternatively, you can send responses to the consultation by email to enquiries@environmentalstandards.scot or by post to: Environmental Standards Scotland Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace Edinburgh, EH12 5HD.

Why your views matter

Comments are invited from anybody with an interest in the draft Strategic Plan.

Your responses will help to shape and inform the drafting of our final Strategic Plan, which we will submit to the Scottish Parliament by 1 October 2022 for consideration and approval.

What happens next

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.gov.scot. If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, we will analyse and consider responses to this consultation and will take them into account when drafting our final Strategic Plan. 

When we submit our final Strategic Plan to the Scottish Parliament for approval we will publish a summary of the views expressed in response to the consultation and how those were taken into account in the development of the final Plan.


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