Consultation outcome

Marine licensing: changing how some cases are decided

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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We received 51 responses to this consultation.

Following consultation, we have decided to make the change to legislation. It will apply to applications for marine licences accepted by the Marine Management Organisation after 1 October 2015.

Original consultation


Seeking views on proposals to change marine licensing so that the Secretary of State can make certain licence decisions.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our proposals to change how some complex marine licence cases are decided.

The proposals would allow local planning authorities and Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities to seek an independent inquiry into certain complex cases. The final decision would be taken by ministers who are directly accountable to Parliament.

This consultation applies to English waters and the offshore areas of Wales and Northern Ireland where the Secretary of State is the licensing authority.

Published 14 January 2015
Last updated 27 August 2015 + show all updates
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