Marine Planning Policy

All aquaculture and works licence applications are assessed alongside National and Local policy by the Marine Planning Team. 

National Policy

National policy for Scotland’s Marine environment is set out in the National Marine Plan (2015).  It is supported by the National Marine Plan Interactive (NMPi).  The NMPi is an interactive map which allows you to view different types of information relating to the marine environment and activities.  

National planning policy for aquaculture and coastal development is set out in National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). The Scottish Government have also published Planning Circular 1/2015 on the relationship between the land use planning system and marine planning and licensing.

Local Policy

Locally we have plans and policy which apply to all development in the Shetland marine region.  

Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan (Amended Draft) April 2021

At the meeting of Shetland Islands Council on 14 April 2021 it was agreed to submit the Amended Draft version of the Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan (SIRMP) to Scottish Ministers for adoption and publication.  The Plan is currently with Scottish Ministers and it is anticipated that it will be adopted soon.

The committee report and consultation responses to the SIRMP can be viewed at here

The Amended Draft version of the SIRMP (April 2021) can be viewed here

Background information on the plan, including supporting assessments can be viewed here


Useful Reports

Useful Links

Organisations who can provide advice on your proposals are provided below: