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Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy (encompassing Deep WaterPlan Options) – Social and Economic Impact Assessment Scoping Report

Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy (encompassing Deep WaterPlan Options) – Social and Economic Impact Assessment Scoping Report

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ISBN: 9781788519618

The Social and Economic Impact Assessment Scoping Report sets out the methodology and scenarios for scoping and undertaking a socio-economic impact assessment for the Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind

Executive Summary

The purpose of this report is to present the methodology for scoping and undertaking the socio-economic impact assessment as part of the overall Sustainability Appraisal for the draft Sectoral Marine Plan. The socio-economic assessment will contribute to informing Scottish Ministers’ decisions on the content of the Plan.

The methodology covers:

The approach to defining development scenarios for offshore wind;

Defining relevant marine activities for inclusion in the assessment;

Defining relevant information sources to provide a baseline description against which impacts can be assessed;

The approach to scoping of potentially significant interactions between marine activities and possible development under the Plan;

Proposed approach for assessing socio-economic impacts on marine activities;

Approach to cumulative assessment.