Marine Planning updates

Updates including the devolution of the management of Crown Estate assets in Scotland and the new Clyde Marine Planning Partnership.



While the actual devolution of the management of Crown Estate assets in Scotland is yet to happen, RYA Scotland is right at the discussion table with representatives from the Scottish Government, Marine Scotland, Local Authorities and other industry and interested parties.  We are there to represent the interests of the recreational boating community at large in what is a challenging transition that may bring both benefits and drawbacks to recreational boating, RYA members and RYA affiliated clubs in Scotland.  Critical to our position is to ensure that we retain a potent voice in future decision making structures that will affect the use of the marine environment.





Currently Crown Estates have moved their Scottish assets under the management of a Scottish Business Unit.  This is still part of Crown Estates but enables the business aspects of Crown Estates in Scotland to be packaged ready for transition at the date of transfer.


Scottish Ministers have announced the need for interim arrangements to be put in place from the date of transfer until a permanent arrangement can be put in place.  RYA Scotland is part of the group being consulted on both the interim arrangements and the long term framework.


We know the interim arrangements will involve a single entity managing the Crown Estate assets in Scotland but the shape of the longer term framework is still to evolve.


It is likely that there will ultimately be further devolution of the management of these assets to a more local level and local communities feature in the thinking.  This could well bring decision making closer to individual Clubs and the communities they are in with potential funding benefits.  However the same approach could easily dilute the representation of bodies such as RYA Scotland at critical decisions and adversely affect access for boating or dilute funding so much as to make it ineffective.  It is a mixed bag of pros and cons.


Nonetheless RYA Scotland is engaging positively in the process and through the vigilance and activity of the Cruising and General Purpose Committee we will continue to ‘Protect and Promote’ your boating in this arena.





RYA Scotland has a place on the Marine Planning Partnerships (MPP) and has been involved in the discussions leading up to its formation.  On the 10th of February the constitution of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) was formally adopted and the new Partnership was nominated to develop a statutory regional marine plan for the Clyde Marine Region.

The Firth of Clyde Forum has now effectively been closed and the work of marine planning will be taken forward by the new Partnership. Project Manager, Fiona Mills said, "This is what we have been working towards for a long time now and we are delighted to have taken this step forward. Over the next two to three years the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership, working with stakeholders and local communities, plans to develop a Regional Marine Plan for the Clyde Marine Region."

Marine planning is a process that brings together different users of the marine and coastal area, to make coordinated and informed decisions about how to manage and use marine resources sustainably within the Plan area. This process will build on the Forum's past work, particularly the SSMEI pilot, and draw in learning and experiences from previous projects. The partnership will also continue to work wherever possible on projects that will inform the marine planning process.

The draft direction is now open for comment. Details of how you can submit your comments to Marine Scotland are available here.