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November 2023
Publication of HPMAs Consultation Analysis & Scottish Government Response

On 7 November 2023, the Scottish Government published its response to the Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) consultation.  In response to the findings of the consultation, the proposal to implement HPMAs across 10% of Scotland’s seas by 2026 will not be progressed.

To view the HMPA consultation analysis and Scottish Government response, please visit:

October 2023
Marine Scotland Consultation 

Marine Scotland recently held a consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping stage of the forthcoming National Marine Plan 2 (NMP2).  More information on NMP2 can be found here

The Council sent two responses, including one made on behalf of the Shetland Islands Marine Planning Partnership (SIC & UHI Shetland)

Please click on the PDF documents below:

SIC Response: 27 October 2023 - PDF document

Shetland Islands Marine Planning Partnership Response: 30 October 2023 - PDF Document


General Planning Service News

October 2023
The Planning and Performance Framework (PPF) is an annual report, which details performance information.

Planning Performance Framework PDF document: 
Planning performance framework 2023


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