Shetland Islands Marine Spatial Plan
The Shetland Islands Council has adopted the fourth edition of the Shetland Islands’ Marine Spatial Plan (SIMSP) as ‘Supplementary Guidance’ to the Shetland Local Development Plan. The Shetland Local Development Plan together with any Supplementary Guidance sets out the policies and criteria against which planning applications and works licences submitted in Shetland will be considered.
The SIMSP provides an overarching policy framework to guide marine development and activity out to 12 nautical miles. It incorporates authoritative spatial data on the marine environment, its various uses and assets.
The policies and maps in the SIMSP will be material considerations in decision-making on individual marine planning applications and works licences within Shetland’s coastal and marine waters out to 12 nautical miles. It is hoped the SIMSP will also provide a useful resource for all users of the marine environment including developers, planners and regulators.