Jul 3, 2018

Offshore Wind Sectoral Marine Plan Scoping Consultation

Marine Scotland are seeking to consult on the spatial Areas of Search, where potential development options could be located, alongside the scoping documents associated with the Strategic Environmental Assessment, Socio-Economic Assessment and Habitats Regulation Appraisal.  


In November 2017, Crown Estate Scotland (CES) announced their intention to run a further leasing round for commercial scale offshore wind energy projects in Scottish Waters. This initiative is consistent with the Scottish Energy Strategy which envisages further offshore wind developments as playing a key role in Scotland’s future energy mix.


To inform the spatial development of this leasing round, Marine Scotland, as Planning Authority for Scotland’s Seas, is required to undertake a planning exercise, in accordance with relevant EC, UK and Scottish legislation.  The plan development process involves identifying spatial ‘Areas of Search’ and a ‘Sustainability Appraisal’ which considers the impacts on communities, other users of the sea, the economy and the environment (encompassing a Strategic Environmental Assessment and a Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) to identify the potential for effects on European nature conservation sites). 


Responses are invited for each report individually and specifically for each Area of Search put forward at this stage.  These responses will help to shape the planning process moving forward by testing the proposed methodologies and identifying any areas where new or better data resources may be available.  This will ensure that the planning process can take these comments into account early in the process.


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Solway Firth Partnership