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Q&A session Monday 17th Feb in Oban. Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy – Consultation Events

Q&A session Monday 17th Feb in Oban. Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy – Consultation Events

Sectoral Marine Planning Unit regarding upcoming consultation events during February and March that the Unit have organised to tie into their current consultation.

First published 
First published 
Jan 29, 2020

Monday 17/02/2020 at Royal Hotel, Argyll Square, Oban PA34 4BE

Please note that the dates and locations for the consultation events, to be held around Scotland during February and early March 2020, have now been confirmed. These events will take the form of an open information session between 13:00-17:30 each day, followed by a presentation and Q&A session between 18:30-20:00, with refreshments from 18:00. Please note, you are not required to pre-register to attend these events and we look forward to seeing you at these events in the coming weeks.

Further information (including dates and locations) is available here:

http://marine.gov.scot/sites/default/files/draft_sectoral_marine_plan_for_offshore_wind_energy_-_consultation_event_details.pdf

Details of these events will be advertised in local newspapers and online via social media. We have also produced a series of information posters, which will be distributed locally, however, any help advertising these events would be greatly appreciated. We have produced a number of posters to be displayed in local noticeboards etc. and if you would be able to display on these posters, I would be grateful if you could please get in touch and I will arrange to have the relevant posters sent across to you. Many thanks in advance.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Sectoral Marine Planning team at SectoralMarinePlanning@gov.scot

Kind regards

Sophie

Sophie Humphries

Senior Policy Officer, Marine Planning, Policy and Strategy

marinescotland

Marine Planning & Policy

Scottish Government, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen AB11 9DB

Phone: +44 (0)131 244 9560   I   Mobile: 07778 239106

Sophie.Humphries@gov.scot  

Dear Sir/Madam

Consultation on the draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy and Sustainability Appraisal (including Strategic Environmental Assessment, Habitats Regulations Appraisal and Socio Economic Impact Assessment)

We are writing to inform you that consultation on the draft Sectoral Marine Plan has now commenced and will run for a period of 14 weeks, until Wednesday 25th March 2020. We would like to encourage all stakeholders to get involved in the consultation and we would be grateful if you could please circulate this consultation e-mail to any colleagues or others who may be interested. The following documents have been published for consultation:

  • Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy;
  • Sustainability Appraisal (SA);
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA);
  • Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA);
  • Socio Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA);
  • Draft Regional Locational Guidance (RLG);
  • Draft partial Islands Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA); and
  • Draft partial Equalities Impact Assessment (EQIA).

You can view and respond to the consultation online at: https://consult.gov.scot/marine-scotland/draft-sectoral-marine-plan-for-offshore-wind/

Please note that you can save and return to your draft responses whilst the consultation is still open. If you are unable to respond online, please follow the instructions set out in the consultation documents and return the Respondent Information Form via post.

What is the draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy?

The draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy aims to identify the most sustainable plan options for further commercial-scale offshore wind development in Scottish inshore and offshore waters and the draft Plan identifies 17 Draft Plan Options, split across 5 geographic regions. The accompanying Sustainability Appraisal and assessments identify and assess the potential negative and positive environmental, economic and social impacts of development in these Draft Plan Options. Once adopted, the final Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy will provide the spatial framework for the first cycle of seabed leasing by Crown Estate Scotland ('ScotWind'). The process of preparing the draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy commenced in early 2018 and has entailed a significant amount of technical planning work and stakeholder engagement. The Consultation Analysis Report (summarising the feedback received during the scoping consultation held during June to July 2018 and further, post-scoping, engagement, held from August 2018 to June 2019) has been published online and can be viewed on our website.

Getting involved

A series of public events will be held across Scotland during February to March 2020 and further information regarding these events will be circulated and published on our website in due course: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/marineenergy/Planning These events will also be advertised locally. We would like to encourage all stakeholders to get involved in the consultation and we would be grateful if you could please circulate this consultation e-mail to any colleagues or others who may be interested.

What will happen next?

Following the closure of this consultation, the responses will be analysed and the final Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy will be prepared for review and adoption by Scottish Ministers. A Post Adoption Statement, detailing any changes made as a result of consultation feedback, will be published with the final Plan. If substantial changes are required to the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy and Sustainability Appraisal as a result of consultation feedback, further assessment and/or consultation may be required.

We look forward to receiving your consultation responses over the coming weeks. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

The Sectoral Marine Planning Team

marinescotland

Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy Consultation

Area GB North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Email: SectoralMarinePlanning@gov.scot