Date lodged: 22 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what advice it has provided, or plans to provide, to local planning authorities to help them complete robust habitats regulations appraisals of operational and proposed aquaculture developments that could have a significant effect, in isolation or in combination with other plans or projects, on any of the suite of proposed marine Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 10 January 2018
This document is currently being revised through the Marine Scotland Capacity Working Group.
A Working arrangement document detailing the requirements of Statutory Consultees (Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Marine Scotland Science and the District Salmon Fisheries Boards) and the consultation protocol for marine aquaculture planning applications is available at http://www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/295194/0106302.pdf This includes the information necessary to assess impacts and comply with the Habitats Directive.