4. Next Steps
4.1 We have set out our view of the ICR recommendations and how these might be progressed.
4.2 In the short-term the emphasis will focus on delivery of the quick-wins as well as work to move the moorings and equipment aspects of Marine Licencing into the Planning Permission process.
4.3 In order to improve the current consenting system, we will update guidance and consult on changes to permitted development legislation. We will also work to improve advice on wild fish issues.
4.4 Any proposed future changes to primary legislation will undergo full public consultation.
4.5 We have stated our willingness to consider alternative consenting options for the future alongside other work being taken forward across government. We recognise that different views exist among stakeholders and we will ensure that these different perspectives are listened to and considered before any options are progressed. The aquaculture Industry Leadership Group will be able to consider these issues but we are also mindful to listen to those in local authorities and other regulators who have considerable expertise and experience as well as the views of other marine users, before undertaking any formal consultation.