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Circular 1/2015 The Relationship Between the Statutory Land Use Planning System and Marine Planning and Licencing

Circular 1/2015 The Relationship Between the Statutory Land Use Planning System and Marine Planning and Licencing

Friday, June 12, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-78544-390-9

The Circular explains the relationship between the marine and terrestrial planning systems, including related regimes such as marine licencing and consenting for offshore energy generation, ports and harbours development and aquaculture.

Executive Summary

The Marine Planning (Scotland) Act 2010 introduced a new marine planning regime in Scotland. This Circular outlines the main legislative requirements of the marine legislation and highlights the requirement for alignment between the marine and terrestrial planning systems. The Circular provides guidance on how alignment might usefully be approached.

The Circular provides detail on legislative requirements in relation to marine licencing, offshore renewables, ports and harbours, coastal flood risk, aquaculture, Marine Protected Areas and the conservation of seals and highlights the implications for terrestrial planning.