Crown Estate Scotland draft 2020-23 Corporate Plan Consultation

Closed 9 Dec 2019

Opened 31 Aug 2019

Feedback Updated 21 Feb 2020

We Asked

We asked for feedback on our draft 2020-23 Corporate Plan to make sure our final Plan fully reflects views from all of Scotland.

The consultation covered activity related to rural estates, coastline, seabed, investing in built development and more.

Helping attract offshore wind investment, supporting new ways of growing food and closer working with communities – particularly on the coastline – are just some of the proposals we asked for views on.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was undertaken to assess the likely environmental effects of the draft Corporate Plan. An Environmental Report, detailing the findings of the SEA, was also consulted on.

You Said

The consultation was open online from 31st August to 9th December. In total 44 responses were received. The responses have provided constructive views and suggestions to questions asked on the draft Plan and the Environmental Report. 

The non-confidential responses to the consultation are now published and available on this consultation summary page.

The overall response to the direction of the Draft Plan was positive. Most respondents agreed with strategic direction outlined in the Plan and supported the proposed investment strategy as well as our focus on partnership working.

Respondents also highlighted some areas we could improve on, including simplifying the Plan structure and language, further embedding community engagement and making clearer our role in helping create a net zero economy.

We received a total of 18 responses to the Environmental Report prepared as part of the Plan’s Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Responses received by Consultation Authorities were generally positive with comments focussing on additional baseline information sources, providing a more detailed explanation of the Screening process and flagging supplementary mitigation and enhancement opportunities we could engage with.

Wider consultation responses focussed on potential ways the Plan could maximise positive environmental effects and flagged additional information sources to inform the assessment findings.

We Did

The consultation responses were considered by an independent agency who put together a consultation analysis report, highlighting key themes and findings from the responses. This report can be found on this consultation summary page and on the Crown Estate Scotland website.

We will also be publishing a Post-Adoption Statement, detailing how we have included the feedback on the Environmental Report in the final Plan and how we plan to monitor it’s continued environmental impacts.

The Post-Adoption Statement will be published on our website, alongside the final 2020-23 Corporate Plan and a note detailing how we have responded to points raised through the consultation and through the additional impact assessments (Island communities; equalities and children’s rights and wellbeing).

We will be launching the final 2020-23 Corporate Plan in April 2020.

Results Updated 21 Feb 2020

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Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

Overview

Crown Estate Scotland as an organisation is less than three years old but can trace a history going back centuries.

This consultation comes when Crown Estate Scotland is still a very new Scottish public sector body, established less than three years ago. New legislation, the Scottish Crown Estate Act 2019, provides for the assets to be managed in a way which delivers greater value beyond financial return and enables other bodies to take on management responsibilities.

Now, with the Act coming into force and our second corporate plan being developed, we want to signal an ambitious new approach. Helping attract offshore wind investment, supporting new ways of growing food and closer working with communities – particularly on the coastline – are just some of the proposals that we’re asking people and organisations to give their views on.

Why We Are Consulting

We’re consulting so that our final 2020-23 Corporate Plan fully reflects views from all of Scotland.

Our draft 2020-23 Corporate Plan covers activity related to rural estates, coastline, seabed and more. It’s likely to be of interest to those in marine tourism, ports & harbours, offshore renewables, farming, forestry, and aquaculture, as well as the general public.

The draft plan reflects stakeholder and tenant feedback from meetings and events across Scotland, as well as several independent research surveys, a 2019 consultation on Crown Estate Scotland rural assets and Scottish Government’s 2017 consultation on the Scottish Crown Estate.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) has been undertaken to assess the likely environmental effects of the draft Corporate Plan. An Environmental Report, detailing the findings of the SEA, is also being consulted on.

Scottish Ministers are also currently seeking views on the draft Strategic Management Plan which is an overarching set of proposals setting out how Scottish Crown Estate land and property will be managed. This can be viewed here. Crown Estate Scotland’s final plan will align with the final Strategic Management Plan.

Read the draft 2020-23 Corporate Plan. 

Read the SEA Environmental report.

What Happens Next

We will publish all responses received and, at a later date we will also publish a consultation analysis report which will draw out core issues and themes from the feedback.

This information will be used to shape the final Crown Estate Scotland 2020-23 Corporate Plan.

Interests

  • Business, Industry and Innovation
  • Building and Planning
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Farming and Rural
  • Public Sector
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Marine and Fisheries