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The Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Pre-Screening for Appropriate Assessment

DescriptionThe Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Pre-Screening for Appropriate Assessment
ISBN978 1 78045 057
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2011
Website Publication DateMarch 08, 2011

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ISBN 978 1 78045 056 8 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 11359

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Contents

Limitations

Naming Convention

Acronyms

1 Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 Legislative background and guidance
1.3 Structure of this report
1.4 Strategic Environmental Assessment ( SEA)

2 Appropriate Assessment Procedure
2.1 Requirements of the Habitats Directive
2.2 The Appropriate Assessment Process
2.3 Appropriate Assessment and Land Use Planning Documents
2.4 Role of Organisations
2.5 Determining impacts on International Sites
2.6 Screening for AA: Methodology
2.7 Consultation

3 Nature of Offshore Development
3.1 Scope and objectives of this report
3.2 Data on habitats and species

4 International Sites Background
4.1 Data on international sites
4.2 Conservation objectives of relevant international sites

5 Analysis of Offshore Wind Energy Development Plan
5.1 Screening Stage: Introduction
5.2 Task AA1-1: Connection with International Site Management Requirements
5.3 Task AA1-2: Development that will not affect the International Sites
5.4 Task AA1-3: Determining likely significant effect
5.5 International Sites entering the screening process
5.6 Predicted impacts on International Sites screened in to the assessment
5.7 Summary of 'in combination effects'
5.8 International Site Screening Results

6 Data gaps and uncertainties
6.1 Overview
6.2 Marine Mammals
6.3 Marine Birds
6.4 Fish and shellfish
6.5 Plan data gaps
6.6 Other data gaps

7 Summary of the Assessment
7.1 Conclusions
7.2 Further AA requirements

8 References

9 Glossary

Appendices
Appendix 1 International Sites - Qualifying Interest Feature Screening
Appendix 2 Impact Matrices
Appendix 3 In-combination effects
Appendix 4 International Sites Full Features List
Appendix 5 Figures (International Sites in Relation to Proposed Development Sites)

List of Tables
Table 1.1 Key Facts
Table 2.1 Stages of Appropriate Assessment
Table 5.1 Proposed Offshore Wind Development Sites
Table 5.2 Summarised Impacts on SAC Habitats and Species
Table 5.3 Summarised Impacts on SPA and Ramsar Habitats and Species
Table 5.4 Summary of 'in-combination' effects
Table 5.5 International site screening summary
Table 6.1 Marine Mammals - data gaps and uncertainties
Table 6.2 Birds - data gaps and uncertainties
Table 6.3 Fish and shellfish - data gaps and uncertainties
Table 6.4 Plan data gaps

Figures
Figure 5.1 Overview map of development sites

Amendment Record

Issue

Description

Date

Initials

1

1 st draft for internal review

28/1/2010

SI, JC, NO

1

Internal review complete

1/2/2010

RAC, PH

1

1 st draft sent for client comment

8/2/2010

SI

2

2 nd draft for client comment

22/4/2010

SI

3

3 rd draft for client comment

23/6/2010

SI