The Loch Etive ICZM Plan

This application is also very far indeed from being compliant with the Loch Etive ICZM Plan, a significant material consideration in assessing this application[5].

The Etive 3 farm is within Policy Zone E of the ICZM Plan and there is no spare capacity for fish-farm development in this part of Loch Etive without any consolidation and rationalisation of existing sites. This application comes with no proposals whatsoever for any rationalisation and consolidation of existing sites within Policy Zone E. It merely proposes the massive expansion of a single existing site, but there has been no room created to accommodate the proposed 73% increase in the grid and cage sizes at Etive 3.

If Dawnfresh wished to comply with the ICZM Plan, the only practical mitigation for the proposed expansion of cage size and grid at Etive 3, might be the immediate, complete and permanent removal of Dawnfresh’s existing fish farm at Etive 2 (Inverawe East) and the consolidation of the current production at Etive 2 upon the Etive 3 site, but that is not what is proposed.

[5] The Council’s position given at the Etive 6 appeal in June 2016 is that “as expressed in emergent Supplementary Guidance…that ICZM plans remain relevant material considerations“.

TOGETHER WE CAN PROTECT LOCH ETIVE, NOW, AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS