The process which applicants for port projects must follow, is different to the planning application process which many people are familiar with.
Port projects are potentially required to obtain three separate types of permission or licences, each of which has a separate application and consultation requirements.
- Planning Permission under the Town and Country Planning Act: Planning permission must be obtained from the relevant local council, under the Town and Country Planning Act. In the case of Hunterston the relevant local council is North Ayrshire Council (NAC).
- Marine Scotland Licence for Construction: A marine licence, issued by Marine Scotland on behalf of Scottish Ministers, is required for construction works. This is to ensure that the construction methods proposed are appropriate for the marine environment.
- Marine Scotland Licence for Disposal: A marine licence, issued by Marine Scotland on behalf of Scottish Ministers, is required for any dredging and disposal works. This is to ensure that any dredged materials are disposed of appropriately.
This marine licensing regime allows the regulation of the deposit and removal of substances and objects in the seas around Scotland and each permission or licence is subject to a specific process, consultation requirements and timescales.
Current planning and licensing applications
Peel Ports is working with public and private sector partners, who share our vision and guiding principles, to develop more detailed plans and commercial proposals for each of the development opportunities identified.
Until the future of Hunterston PARC is certain and the required commitment has been obtained from future occupiers of the site, it is not possible to define what their requirements will be. It is therefore not yet possible to define all the required and future development works.
However, Peel Ports has identified that the current jetty at the Marine Yard does not meet the required standard for potential future uses. Peel Ports has therefore decided to invest in improving the jetty now, to accelerate the potential of the site for future occupiers.