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Scottish Marine Bill welcomed by RTPI

05 May 2009

The first Marine Bill to be launched in the Scottish parliament is being welcomed by the RTPI in Scotland.
The Scottish Marine Bill makes provision for marine planning, licensing of marine activities, and protection of the area and its wildlife - including seals.

National Director of the RTPI in Scotland Veronica Burbridge said: \"We welcome the bill but remain concerned about how the integration of terrestrial and marine plans will be achieved. We look forward to being involved in further discussions on the delivery of this fundamental part of the Bill.\"

The bill was introduced before parliament on Thursday, April 30 after being introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

Burbridge added: \"Urgent attention needs to be given to skills development in ICZM and marine planning for Marine Scotland staff. Staff involved in Marine Planning Partnerships need help with in the preparation of national and regional marine plans and in the integration of terrestrial and marine planning regimes. We will have to read the bill in more detail and discuss with other stakeholders in preparation for Parliamentary discussion.\"