Shetland Islands' Marine Spatial Plan (SIMSP)


Shetland Islands marine spatial plan

Marine spatial planning is an evoloving process. We ran a public consultation during winter 2019 on the 'Shetland Islands Draft Regional Marine Plan 2019'. We are now in the process of submitting the finalised plan to the Scottish Government.

This page provides information on the Shetland Islands' Marine Spatial Plan SIMSP (Fourth Edition) 2015 (pdf) which was adopted as ‘Supplementary Guidance’ to the Shetland Local Development Plan by the Shetland Islands Council in 2016. 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.

The ongoing development of Shetland's marine spatial plan is being guided by the Shetland Islands Marine Partnership.

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Contact Information

To contact the Marine Spatial Planning team please email or telephone 01595 772000.