We work with our
colleagues in Hamble and with the relevant statutory authorities and
stakeholders in Scotland including Marine Scotland and the Northern Lighthouse
Board as well as with developers and their consultants. To limit adverse impacts of marine renewable
developments on navigational safety of recreational boating around the coast
whilst being alert to any possible benefits that might accrue. Marine Scotland
sends us licence applications for marine renewables and we respond to all of
them, drawing on the specific local knowledge of our network of coastwatchers.
In fact, by the time a licence application is submitted we may have already
been involved at several stages including the identification of key issues to
be addressed (scoping), and attendance at Navigational Risk Assessment
Local meetings are often held by developers and you are encouraged to
attend, as there may be local issues that RYA Scotland is unaware of. Please
keep us informed of any such issues so that we can best support you. While we
are well aware of all the large schemes, small wave and tidal schemes may be
proposed and it is important that we are alerted as soon as possible.
To support our
case, RYA has published the UK Coastal Atlas of Recreational Boating, now in
its third edition, and the fourth edition of the position papers on wind, wave
and tidal offshore renewable Energy Installations (September 2015). These are
well used by Marine Scotland and by developers.
Most of the
offshore wind schemes are planned for the east coast and there are plans for
several experimental floating wind farms. There is now little activity in wave
power schemes, and only a few tidal schemes are expected to be developed. Many
of the wind, wave and tidal schemes proposed at the start of the development of
marine renewables have fallen by the wayside for technical or financial
Dr G Russell
RYA Scotland Planning and Environment Officer
Last updated 23 November 2016
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