This work is ongoing and the MMO is reviewing the evidence and advice from internal advisors and Natural England.
The MMO’s Head of Marine Licensing has been in contact with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) on this. The MMO has also offered to meet with the MCS in the next month to provide an update on progress.
The ‘shadow’ Appropriate Assessment is a preliminary view of the implications of a project on a European site. If a formal application for a marine licence is made to the MMO any Appropriate Assessment, together with available evidence, is subject to full consultation. This can include our advisors and members of the public and would happen at the appropriate time in the decision-making process.