Consultation on the draft South Marine Plan is now closed. We are currently analysing your feedback and responses.
The South Marine Plan has been developed with stakeholders, providing a robust and evidence based plan that is tailored to the economic, environmental and social needs of the south marine plan areas.
The plan highlights the need for co-existence, provides guidance as to what activities should or should not take place, and sets out requirements for new activities and developments.
The plan consists of the Draft South Marine Plan – including the plan’s vision, objectives and policies and the Draft Technical Annex which provides more detail to each policy. Supporting documents include the Draft Sustainability Appraisal and the Draft Habitats Regulation Assessment.
The south marine area includes two plan areas, the south inshore and the south offshore marine plan areas.
The south inshore marine plan area covers an area of approximately 1,700 kilometres of coastline, stretching from Dover to the river Dart taking in over 11,000 square kilometres of sea.
The south offshore marine plan area includes the marine area from 12 nautical miles extending out to the seaward limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone, a total of approximately 10,000 square kilometres of sea.
The South Marine Plan has been developed in close partnership with local and national stakeholders from a range of backgrounds and sectors. Their involvement has been central to creating a robust, evidence based and local plan.
The SPP helps ensure that the marine planning process is transparent, and that stakeholders understand how they can be involved and influence a marine plan’s development.
We are asking for your views on the draft South Marine Plan. This is the final stage of public consultation before we submit the South Marine Plan to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for approval.
As with land-use planning, marine planning is a statutory requirement.
A marine plan becomes a statutory consideration in all relevant planning decisions once it is published for public consultation. This includes the draft South Marine Plan.
Once it is published for public consultation, the draft South Marine Plan must be used for all planning decisions for the sea, coast, estuaries and tidal waters (which sometimes extend a long distance inland), as well as developments that impact these areas, such as infrastructure. All public authorities are responsible for implementing the South Marine Plan through existing regulatory and decision-making processes.
As well as public authorities, all applicants, third parties and advisors should also consider the South Marine Plan. Proposals should conform with all relevant policies, taking account of economic, environmental and social considerations.