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Consultation

Offshore wind reneweable energy

On 19 May 2010 the Scottish Government launched a 12 week consultation detailing draft plans for offshore wind development in Scottish territorial waters. The consultation has two elements - a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and draft Development Plan for Offshore Wind.

The Draft Plan sets out proposals for the short, medium and long term up to 2020 and beyond, and the SEA aims to ensure that Scotland's future commercial offshore wind resource is developed sustainably, and to inform developers when they carry out Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) (as they are required to do to obtain the necessary consents).

The Strategic Environmental Assessment also assesses the likely impact upon the environment of offshore wind developments (including cumulative effects from more than one development, and from other types of developments) and identifies three types of spatial areas. These are:

Areas excluded from development:

  • Areas which have considerable environmental constraints and/or conflicts of use with potential offshore wind energy development
  • Areas which have limited environmental constraints and/or conflicts of use with potential offshore wind development
  • The draft Development Plan has identified 10 sites, awarded exclusivity agreements by the Crown Estate, as the short term option (2010 -2020) for developing offshore wind. The draft Plan has also identified 25 additional areas as the medium term options (beyond 2020) for developing offshore wind.

The Scottish Government also held a number of consultation events, as part of this process. Details of the meetings that were held is below:

  • 10 January 2011 - Argyll Arms Hotel, Campbeltown, 6.30-9 pm:
    Note of meeting now available
  • 13 January 2011 - An Talla, Tiree, 6.30-9 pm:
    Note of meeting now available
  • 20 January 2011 - Bowmore Hall, Islay, 6.30-9 pm:
    Note of meeting now available
  • 25 January 2011 - Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, 6.30-9 pm:
    Note of meeting now available
  • 26 January 2011 - Wigtown County Buildings, Wigtown, 6.30-9 pm:
    Note of meeting now available
  • 18 February 2011 - The Wave Centre, Maryport, 6.30-9 pm:
    Note of meeting now available

The analysis of consultation responses has been published on the Scottish Government website.

In addition, on 7 October, Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to discuss their response to the consultation. The note of meeting is now available.