Local authorities given planning controls over marine fish farms

Local authorities will be given planning controls over marine fish farms, under plans unveiled by the Scottish Executive this week. The executive is seeking views on how to introduce the change to replace the system of Crown Estates controls and works licences. Under the plans, fish farm operations with a valid development consent or works licence will receive automatic planning permission. The aim of the change is to ensure that marine fish farms are "subject to a more effective, transparent and democratic system of regulation", said communities minister Malcolm Chisholm.

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