Department For Transport
The coastal concordat sets out the separate processes for consenting coastal developments in England. This revised version replaces the original published on 11 November 2013. It supports decision-making between Local Authorities and those regulators who work in the marine area.
The governments 25 Year Environment Plan aims for all Local Authorities with a coastal interest to adopt the concordat by 2021. Working under the concordat is currently a voluntary arrangement.
The concordat approach can be applied to any applications for individual projects, if they:
- span the intertidal area in estuaries and on the coast
- require multiple consents including both a marine licence and a planning permission from the local planning authority
It will not apply to projects that:
- are solely terrestrial
- already have co-ordination mechanisms in place such as National Significant Infrastructure projects
How to sign up
An officer acting on behalf of the Local Authority wishing to sign up can write a letter to the Defra Marine Planning and Licensing Team at email@example.com. The letter should confirm that the Coastal Concordat has been adopted and that its principles will be applied.