The development of the draft North East, draft North West, draft South East and draft South West Marine Plans has followed an iterative process.
They have been developed in close partnership with local and national stakeholders from a range of backgrounds and sectors. Stakeholder involvement has been central to creating robust, evidence-based local plans.
Core development documents produced during the development of each draft Marine Plan including iteration outputs, details of engagement and feedback and are available at the following links:
Iteration 1: Issues and evidence
Marine planning issues are opportunities or challenges within the marine plan area, that is likely to drive change, or be affected by change over the 20 years the marine plans cover. Understanding the opportunities and challenges for each marine plan area is critical to developing meaningful and tailored marine plans. In 2016 the Marine Management Organisation launched a ‘Call for Issues with supporting evidence’ in the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas. The Marine planning issues and evidence database was produced as a result of this public engagement, and holds information about the issues raised for the each marine plan area and the evidence used for marine planning.
Evidence underpins the development of policies within each draft Marine Plan. Evidence used for marine plan preparation included spatial data (presented on the Explore Marine Plans digital service), third party research reports/guidance documents, specifically commissioned research and national/sub-national policy. The Marine Management Organisation maintains an evidence projects register which includes evidence reports that have been commissioned to support the work of the organisation including marine planning.
An Iteration 1 engagement summary has been produced.
Iteration 2: Options for policies
Options for policies were developed in Iteration 2 to address the opportunities and challenges identified through Iteration 1 (Call for Issues with Supporting Evidence in 2016). Stakeholders provided feedback on the options in early 2018. This was an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to the development of the preferred draft policies ahead of the statutory consultation on the draft marine plans.
An Iteration 2 engagement summary has been produced.
Iteration 3: Draft policies and supporting text
Preferred draft policies and supporting text were developed following feedback from the Iteration 2 Options engagement and the Call for Issues with Supporting Evidence. The Iteration 3 engagement ran in early 2019 and provided stakeholders an opportunity to view and provide comment on preferred draft policies, draft supporting text for policies including on implementation, and the next steps in marine planning.
An Iteration 3 engagement summary has been produced, as well as a more detailed You Said, We Did: Summary of stakeholder-led Iteration 3 policy changes report.
Consultation Draft Marine Plans
The consultation on the Draft North East, North West, South East and South West Marine Plans was open from 14 January to 20 April 2020. This was the final stage of statutory public consultation before we submit the Plans to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for adoption.
A Consultation Summary has been produced and published.