Draft Regional Locational Guidance – offshore wind in Scottish waters and draft Initial Plan Framework

2nd November 2012

The offshore renewable industries can play a significant role in delivering low carbon energy and positioning the UK as a global leader in developing a green economy. However, these exists potential for significant adverse impacts to the natural environment if future developments are inappropriately locationed and/or designed. We welcome the opportunity to comment on the preparation of these Sectoral Marine Plans for offshore renewables, but also stress our regret at the inevitable adoption of industry led plans ahead of the National Marine Plan. Industry, including offshore renewables, needs certainty, adequate guidance and an coordinated framework to work within and this is fundamentally lacking in the absence of the National Marine Plan. Scottish Environment LINK’s aim is to safeguard the environment, so bolster the sustainability and reputation of the burgeoning industry, and help rather than hinder the potential growth of responsible development.

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