Ardersier, Inverness

Graham + Sibbald has been appointed by Ardersier Port Ltd to renew the existing in principle planning consent for the establishment of a port and port related services for energy related uses at the former fabrication yard, Ardersier, Inverness.

Planning permission in principle was initially granted in January 2014 and G+S successfully renewed this consent in February 2019.

The planning application renewal process has involved the preparation of an updated Environmental Impact Assessment Report to reflect the new Regulations that came into force in 2017.  G+S was responsible for agreeing the scope of this Report with The Highland Council and Marine Scotland and co-coordinating the preparation of the Report.

Team working was essential to the delivery of this project.  G+S project managed a range of specialist consultants during the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report.  We also undertook regular meetings with The Highland Council and key consultees (Marine Scotland, SNH, SEPA etc.) to ensure target delivery dates can were achieved.

Graham + Sibbald were also responsible for undertaking the statutory public consultation and engaging with the local Community Council.

The application was submitted in September 2018. The application was recommended for approval and was approved by the High Council South Area Planning Committee on the 29th January. Planning permission was granted on the 4th February 2019.


Volume 1 (Non-Technical Summary) and Volume 2 (Environmental Impact Assessment Report) of the Environmental Impact Assessment for this project are available to download below. The associated Technical Appendices (Volume 3) can be accessed via The Highland Council website here –




In accordance with the marine licence application requirements a copy of the Public Notice and Marine Scotland’s Scoping Opinion is also included below;




Additional information regarding the marine licence;

Cover Letter

Decision Notice

Marine Licence – Construction

EPS Licence

EPS Cover Letter

Marine Licence – Dredging