The Statement of Public Participation (SPP) sets out how and when we will engage with stakeholders during the marine planning process.
An SPP is required for each marine plan area under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. It helps ensure that the marine planning process is transparent, and that stakeholders understand how they can be involved and can influence a marine plan’s development.
All draft SPPs are subject to public consultation before they are submitted to the Secretary of State for approval to publish under Schedule 6 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
The publication of an SPP formally commences the start of the marine planning process in the relevant marine plan area.
If an SPP is amended during the marine planning process, any revisions must be approved by the Secretary of State before being published.
Below are the draft SPPs for the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas, and the published SPP for the south marine plan area.