Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) of Plans and Projects (Scotland)


This beginner - intermediate level training will provide a thorough understanding of the overall purpose, process and methodology of Habitats Regulations Appraisal, including Appropriate Assessment and the roles of different organisations and individuals in the process.


This course has been designed specifically for anyone working in Scotland, but will also have relevance to those working in other parts of the UK. It is suitable for those charged with conducting HRA or providing information to enable a HRA to be carried out.

The training will follow the approach set out in SNH’s guidance on HRA. The day is led by Sue Bell with input from Crispin Hill (SNH).

Sessions cover the application of HRA to both projects and plans (e.g. Local Development Plans) including the legislative basis for HRA, and the stages in the assessment process. Participants will be introduced to key terms and concepts and receive guidance on the different stages in the process, including how to decide whether an HRA is required, how to identify European sites that might be affected, and how to identify those aspects of a project or plan that require appropriate assessment. Professional tips and hints on compliance and best practice are provided throughout.

The course will be taught via group discussions, exercises and presentations and will draw on published guidance and case law.

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at beginner/intermediate level; whilst it is appropriate for those completely new to Habitats Regulations Appraisal (as it assumes no prior experience or knowledge) it will also offer more in depth training to those delegates who have has some experience of HRA.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  • Habitats Regulations Appraisal and Appropriate Assessment and how these differ from Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • The legislative basis and relative organisational roles and responsibilities in relation to HRA/AA,
  • How to identify elements of a project or plan that could have likely significant effects and the consequences of this.
  • The different stages in HRA, including deciding if HRA is required, collecting information for assessments, identifying elements of the project or plan that have likely significant effects, application of mitigation, and appropriate assessment.
  • Key concepts and terminology used in HRA and AA and how these may differ from other contexts (e.g. qualifying interests; likely significant effect; effect on integrity, mitigation; compensation).
  • The need for and distinction between mitigation and compensation measures.
  • The level of certainty required in conclusions and the level of “test” for the outcome of the assessment.


Course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £245.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £295.00