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Feedback on new offshore wind leasing proposals

Thank you to all who fed back on proposals for how seabed for new offshore wind farms may be made available. We are really pleased with the level of response, with around 35 developers, local authorities and industry bodies responding. Feedback will help shape the final approach which we aim to launch in early 2019.

Back in May, Crown Estate Scotland unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland’s waters. Those interested were invited to feed back on proposals to help shape the final approach. The window to provide feedback to the discussion document closed on 31 August. 

Crown Estate Scotland –  the public body that manages seabed leasing to help developers progress good projects – passes the money it makes from offshore renewables to Scottish Government for public spending.

The proposed offshore wind leasing process aims to support supply chain development and sector innovation, create jobs and stimulate economic growth by:

  • Providing certainty and clarity to attract investment in a UK, European and global marketplace
  • Being transparent, open and fair
  • Stimulating competition and innovation
  • Allowing early engagement with those who may be impacted by the proposals

The Scottish Government’s key energy target is that half of Scotland's heat, transport and electricity energy needs are met by renewables by 2030. Offshore wind development offers a viable route towards helping achieve this.

Following feedback on the proposals, Crown Estate Scotland plans to launch its final leasing process late 2018 or early 2019.


For more information please contact John Lang at Crown Estate Scotland on 07741 801 225 or

Notes to Editors

About Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland manages land and property on behalf of Scottish Ministers. It works with people, businesses and organisations to ensure that the assets are managed in a sustainable way that creates prosperity for the Scotland and its communities. The business started operating in April 2017, replacing The Crown Estate in Scotland, and pays all revenue profit to the Scottish Government.

Crown Estate Scotland manages:

  • 37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial properties and forestry on four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill)
  • Rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in in river and coastal areas
  • Rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver across most of Scotland
  • Just under half the foreshore around Scotland including 5,800 moorings and some ports and harbours
  • Leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles covering some 750 fish farming sites and agreements with cables & pipeline operators
  • The rights to offshore renewable energy and gas and carbon dioxide storage out to 200 nautical miles
  • Retail and office units at 39-41 George Street Edinburgh

Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation which manages the assets on an interim basis until new legislation sets out permanent arrangements.