Planning Scotland's Seas

Over the summer of 2013, Marine Scotland consulted on a number of proposals to take forward integrated marine planning for Scotland’s seas. All of the documents relating to this consultation, known as "Planning Scotland Seas", are available through this webpage, including updates on the progress of the different projects:

  • Marine Planning, including integration with Terrestrial Planning
  • Marine Protected Areas, including Priority Marine Features
  • Offshore Renewable Energy, including draft Sectoral Marine Plans


29/05/2014: Draft National Marine Plan – Independent Investigation
Planning Aid Scotland has been appointed to undertake an independent investigation of the proposals contained in the draft National Marine Plan. As the independent investigator, Planning Aid Scotland will make reasoned recommendations on the draft Plan. This is in exercise of the powers conferred by the Marine (Scotland) Act and UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

Planning Scotland's Seas

Public Events

As part of the Planning Scotland's Seas Consultation process, Marine Scotland held a series of public events around Scotland to advise and inform stakeholders on the proposals within the draft National Marine Plan.

Supporting Documents

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Priority Marine Features

Offshore Renewable Energy

Draft Sectoral Marine Plans