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.