A PUBLIC consultation has been launched into the proposed framework for approving wind farm developments in Manx territorial waters.
Development of offshore energy production is being seen as one of the potential avenues for the future growth of the Manx economy.
The Department of Infrastructure’s proposed consenting process, which has gone out for public consultation, aimed to ensure the island can take advantage of any potential opportunities while protecting the fragile and diverse environments in the island’s marine territory.
There are a number of key areas of the process which the public are being invited to comment on, including definitions and exemptions of ‘marine development’, the consenting process itself, consultation, permitted development, environmental impact assessment and proposed fees.
Infrastructure Minister David Cretney MHK said: ‘Manx territorial waters account for 87 per cent of our total territory and possess wind, wave and tidal energies in abundance.
‘As a result, they provide the potential to offer new and valuable revenue streams to the Isle of Man Government. However, these resources cannot be exploited in a sustainable way without due regard to the environment in which they exist and so consequently a robust consenting process is required.
‘I would encourage everyone who has an opinion on the management of our territorial waters to visit the website to consider and respond to the consultation paper.’
The consenting regime is being proposed as part of a wider approach towards the management and sustainable development of Manx territorial waters through the cross-department Isle of Man Marine Plan Project.
The consultation will run until 5pm on Friday, October 26.
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