7. Next Steps: consultation
7.1 Responding to this consultation
We are inviting responses to this consultation by midnight on 25 March 2020
Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation platform, Citizen Space. You can view and respond to this consultation online at:
You can save and return your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date (25 March 2020).
If you are unable to respond online please complete the Respondent Information Form (see "Handling your Response" below) and send your completed Respondent Information Form and response to SectoralMarinePlanning@gov.scot
Or by post to:
Offshore Wind Sectoral Marine Plan Consultation
Marine Scotland Planning and Policy (GB North)
Scottish Government, Victoria Quay
7.2 Handling your response
If you respond via Citizen Space (http://consult.scotland.gov.uk) you will be directed to the Respondent Information Form. Please indicative how you wish your respond to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your respond to be published.
If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space please complete and return the Respondent Information Form. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential and we will treat it accordingly.
All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would, therefore, have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.
7.3 Next steps in the process
Where respondents have given their permission for their response to made public (and after we have contained that they contain no defamatory material) responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.scotland.gov.uk. If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via e-mail.
Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. Following consideration of all comments received, a Post Adoption Statement will be prepared. The Post Adoption Statement will explain how the issues raised in the Sustainability Appraisal and consultation, have been addressed and will be published in conjunction with the final Plan.
If substantial changes are required to the Plan and Sustainability Appraisal as a result of the consultation, a further round of consultation may be required before the final Plan can be adopted.
7.4 Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to: SectoralMarinePlanning@gov.scot
7.5 Scottish Government consultation process
Consultation is an essential part of the policy-making process. It gives us an opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.
You can find all our consultations online: http://consult.scotland.gov.uk. Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by e-mail or by post.
Consultation may involve seeking views in a number of different ways, such as public meetings, focus groups, or other online methods such as Dialogue (http://www.ideas.gov.scot).
Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report of this analysis for every consultation. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:
- Indicate the need for policy development or review;
- Inform the development of a particular policy;
- Help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals; or
- Be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented.
While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.
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