8. Summary and Recommendation
8.1 It is recommended that Option 2 (the development of the pilot PFOW MSP) is adopted. This would help the implementation of the NMP, and inform the production of future Regional Marine Plans.
Summary Costs and Benefits Table
|Option||Summary of Costs||Summary of Benefits|
|1: Do Nothing||No additional costs envisaged.
Lack of guidance to inform the preparation of policies in the Regional Marine Plans and the governance of Marine Planning Partnerships.
Continued lack of certainty and clarity for developers and planning authorities.
|No additional benefits envisaged.|
|2: Approve the pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan||Potential for additional costs for developers of licensed activities to be incurred. See Table 1 for details.||Guidance for the preparation of future statutory Regional Marine Plans.
Clarity and guidance for the existing planning and consenting process
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