Consultations for next phase of marine planning opens

Marine Management Organisation

April 11
12:35 2016

The Marine Management Organisations (MMO) are asking for your views on the first documents to be published as part of the North East, North West, South East and South West marine plans.

Today (Monday 11 April) the MMO have launched two consultations, which focus on the draft Statement of Public Participation for each area and the draft Sustainability Appraisal scoping report.

The Statement of Public Participation sets out whom, when and how the MMO will engage with stakeholders during the marine planning process. Stakeholders involvement in developing the marine plans is essential. Their specialist and local knowledge is central to ensuring the marine plans are robust and meaningful.

The Sustainability Appraisal provides an independent assessment of the marine plans at each stage in their development, ensuring that economic, social and environmental sustainability is at the core of the marine plans. The scoping report is the first stage of the Sustainability Appraisal, setting out what issues the appraisal will include.

Steve Brooker, Chief Planning Officer said:

The launch of these two consultations is a significant step in the development of marine plans for the North East, South East, South West and North West. I would encourage anyone with an interest in the marine area, or anyone who relies on it for their business to get involved.

Stakeholder input has been invaluable in developing marine plans for the east and south areas, especially in identifying and understanding local issues and opportunities. The Statement of Public Participation shows our commitment to including stakeholders throughout the development of the marine plans.

One of the objectives of marine planning is to ensure that future use of our seas is sustainable. The Sustainability Appraisal is part of making sure the plans meet economic, social and environmental sustainability criteria. This scoping report sets out which criteria the Sustainability Appraisal will include.

Both consultations open on Monday 11 April and close on Friday 13 May at 11.59pm.

The consultations are available here:

Statement of Public ParticipationSustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

The MMO are also hosting a number of events around the country. Find out more about when the events are taking place.

For more information please contact

Further information

  • There are 11 English marine plan areas, including inshore and offshore areas. Each area will be covered by a marine plan by 2021 with a 20 year view of activities
  • Marine planning addresses the key issues for the marine area, including the coast, estuaries and tidal waters, as well as developments that impact on these areas. The plans will include a vision, objectives and detailed policies on how these objectives will be achieved.
  • Marine plans are used by public authorities as part of the decision making process for all new activities and developments in or affecting the marine area.
  • Marine plans build on the requirements of the Marine and Coastal Access Act and the Marine Policy Statement.
  • More information on marine plans is available here
  • Read the latest marine planning newsletter here

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