Fish farming planning protocol

A guide for fish farm developers on engagement with the planning process and on the procedures to follow when seeking to develop in Scotland (2017 revision).

SSPO members are committed to a Voluntary Planning Protocol, principally with regard to Best Practice for Pre-Application Engagement with stakeholders and the wider community.

The Revised Fish Farming Planning Protocol was developed following extensive consultation with industry developers, Local Authority planning heads and statutory consultees in the fish farming development process and fulfils a pledge made as part of the recommendations of the Independent Review of Aquaculture Consenting (IRSAC) during 2016.

The document demonstrates what constitutes best practice for the sector, linking closely to the industry Community Engagement Charter.