– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 23rd November 2006.

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Photo of Rob Gibson Rob Gibson Scottish National Party

Question S2W-29793

To ask the Scottish Executive when it started to arrange for the transfer of the planning powers in respect of marine fish farms from the Crown Estate to local authorities.

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

Following Lord Sewel’s commitment in 1997 that planning controls should be extended to marine fish farming, the Executive published the consultation paper The Extension of Planning Controls to Marine Fish Farming in 2000.

In light of the provisions in the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003, a further consultation paper, Extending Planning Controls to Marine Fish Farming, was published in 2004. This was followed in October 2005 with a consultation paper entitled Defining Marine Boundaries for Fish Farming, which identified boundaries within which particular planning authorities would have responsibility for marine fish farming.

Work has been on-going since then, including discussions with key stakeholders, to ensure a robust and workable planning system. Final primary provisions to bring existing fish farms into the planning system were included at Stage 3 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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