The planning system has taken on a new role in the development process following the passing of the Marine (Scotland) Bill by the Scottish Parliament. The Bill allows the creation of plans by Scottish Ministers for the purposes of guiding marine development and creates Marine Protected Areas to guard historic assets and natural heritage. The Bill also restructures the marine licensing system and is designed to complement the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 to enable Scottish Ministers and Westminster to collaborate in regulating marine planning around Scotland.