Real progress has been made, and continues to be made, on the Delivering Planning Reform for Aquaculture agenda
In 2009 and 2010 the Scottish Government and its agencies worked with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and industry to consider improvements to the existing planning system for aquaculture.
The resulting Delivering Planning Reform for Aquaculture sets out how each party will work together towards the sustainable development of the industry with appropriate regard for the environment and other national priorities. The document was reviewed and refreshed by the Aquaculture Planning Task Force and DPRFA2 was published in March 2011.
All parties to the agreement have been working hard over the past 12 months and significant progress has been made in achieving the targets set out in the agreement.
As part of the Agreement a Planning Liaison Officer was appointed in June 2010 and a ‘Protocol for pre-application consultation” was completed and adopted.
The Pre-application Protocol sets out commitments and provides good practice guidance for all aspects of the process of preparing a planning application for aquaculture development. This is the most comprehensive and detailed set of commitments and guidance relating to planning of any industry operating in Scotland.