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South West Marine Plan

Information and documents on the development of the South West Marine Plan

We have started developing a marine plan for the south west marine plan area. Below includes the latest information on the South West Marine Plan, including any open consultations.

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South west marine plan area

The south west marine area includes two plan areas, the south west inshore and the south west offshore marine plan areas.

The south west inshore marine plan area covers an area of approximately 2,000 kilometres of coastline stretching from the River Severn border with Wales to the River Dart in Devon, taking in over 16,000 square kilometres of sea.

The south west offshore marine plan area includes the marine area from 12 nautical miles extending out to the seaward limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a total of approximately 68,000 square kilometres of sea.

You can see more details of the south west marine plan area on our Marine Information System’s interactive map.

  1. Marine plan areas in England

    • Map

Developing the plans

Marine plan development follows a 12 stage process, from plan area selection to implementation and monitoring. It includes:

Have your say

The Statement of Public Participation (SPP) for the south west marine plan areas, sets out how and when we will engage with stakeholders as we develop the marine plan. It 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.

The SPP includes a timetable for engagement, providing more detail on when and how we will engage with stakeholders throughout the marine planning process for these areas.

Issues and evidence

In July 2016 we launched our Call for Issues with Supporting Evidence for the south west marine plan area. As part of the call, we produced issue information sheets, which include environmental, social, economic and governance issues. You can find out more about the Call here.

You can view the current evidence and data on our Marine Planning Evidence Base.

  1. Statement of public participation - north east, north west, south east and south west

    • Guidance


Marine plans place sustainability at the centre of all decisions.

The Sustainability Appraisal provides an independent assessment of economic, social and environmental sustainability. The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report is the first stage of the Sustainability Appraisal. It sets out what issues the appraisal will consider.

  1. Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report - North East North West South East South West Marine Plans

    • Research and analysis

Using the marine plans

Until this marine plan is adopted you should use the Marine Policy Statement, which is the relevant policy document to be used when making decisions and proposals.

  1. UK marine policy statement

    • Statutory guidance