The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 introduced a new era for the management of Scotland’s seas including provision for local stakeholders to prepare statutory regional marine plans at the local level. A regional marine plan is the marine equivalent of a local development plan, containing statutory local policies and spatial plans to guide marine consenting and management decisions.
Regional marine plans are prepared by Marine Planning Partnerships (MPPs) representing the economic, community, environmental and recreational interests within a local marine region. MPPs are established to enable local ownership of policy development and decision making taking account of local circumstances.
The Council is currently leading the development of the Orkney Marine Planning Partnership with the aim of establishing the partnership in 2021.