Regional Marine Planning - call for evidence

Development and Implementation of the Regional Marine Plans


Provision for the creation of Marine Planning Partnerships and Regional Marine Plans (RMPs) is set out in Part 3 of the Marine Planning (Scotland) Act 2010. The creation of RMPs is a staged process. The Committee agreed to scrutinise the experience of developing and implementing the RMPs in the first two regions Shetland and Clyde and consider the initial discussions on the third region in Orkney.

Key questions

The Committee wishes to explore the role, status and effectiveness of the Regional Marine Plans and their integration with the terrestrial planning system. The Committee is seeking a response to the following questions:

  1. Are the objectives for the establishment of the Scottish Marine Regions still appropriate?
  2. How effective has the approach to establishing Marine Planning Partnerships been in practice? Are they working as anticipated? What are the opportunities/constraints/barriers to success?
  3. What progress has been made in the development and implementation of Regional Marine Plans and what are the objectives and priorities for the next 5-10 years?
  4. Is the system of marine planning sufficiently integrated with the terrestrial planning system?
  5. What is required to deliver an effective Marine Planning system under Part 3 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010? Is the National Marine Plan capable of delivering sustainable development within Scottish Marine Regions in advance of those areas having an RMP in place?
  6. What funding and support is available for the development of RMPs?
  7. What duties/requirements are there on local authorities to develop and implement RMPs?
  8. Is there sufficient marine planning expertise in all Local Authorities for development of RMPs?


How to submit your views

The call for written views will close on Friday 12 July, 2019.

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.

Please use the template provided below to format your submission. This includes the Data Protection Form. Fill this out and return it with your submission. If you are under twelve years of age we will need the consent of your parent or guardian. Please use the relevant form below.

Data protection form and written evidence template-

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. Due to the time required to process and analyse evidence, submissions received after the closing date will not be considered. 

Written responses should be sent electronically, in the template format only, to Ideally, they should be no more than four sides of A4.

If you cannot submit electronically you may send in a hard copy written submission. If you are sending in a hard copy submission please print off and include a copy of the Data Protection Form.  Please send them to: 

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Room T3.40
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP


Pauline McIntyre
Assistant Clerk
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee 
0131 348 5221

Twitter @SP_ECCLR

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