Dec 152014

A document which sets out what should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the potential Marine Energy Park on the former Cockenzie Power Station site has been issued by Transport Scotland on behalf of Scottish Ministers and East Lothian Council. The EIA has to be prepared by Scottish Enterprise to accompany the submission of any application for planning permission or planning permission in principle– and it covers a wide range of potential impacts.

Scottish Enterprise, on submission of their Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for the Cockenzie site, set out what would be covered in their EIA but this is subject to a scoping opinion from consultees before it is prepared to ensure it investigates all potential impacts of any proposed development, to the satisfaction of all the agencies involved in environmental protection.

The full document is available to view on the council’s website

Organisations consulted on what the EIA should cover include Transport Scotland, Marine Scotland, East Lothian Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, SEPA, Historic Scotland, Forth Ports, the RSPB, Northern Lighthouse Board, the Royal Yachting Association and the Coal Authority.

Given the strength of interest in the future of the Cockenzie Site, East Lothian Council has also published FAQs, along with links to relevant documentation, on its website so that all interested parties can be fully informed of what is happening, at any given stage. This information can be found at

– Issued by Pauline Bristow, Communications Officer at East Lothian Council