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Next phase of marine planning begins

The next phase of marine planning will begin on Monday 11 April 2016 with the launch of public consultation and a series of local events.

The next phase of marine planning will begin on Monday 11 April 2016 with the launch of public consultation and a series of events across the country.

The marine plans, which will cover the north east, north west, south east and south west, will guide what happens in the marine area, making sure activities take place at the right time and in the right place, enabling sustainable growth.

Building on the work and knowledge of the East Marine Plans and the draft South Marine Plan, this next phase will complete the network of marine plans, ensuring that all marine areas are covered by a plan by 2021. As part of this, we are holding a number of events in the north east, south east, south west and north west of England.

The events, which are open to anyone with an interest in the marine area, are an introduction to marine planning, providing the opportunity to meet your local marine planner and to find out more about what marine planning will mean for your area and how you can get involved. There will also be demonstrations of the online Marine Information System and evidence base, where you can see some of the information and evidence we already have gathered for the areas.

We are also launching public consultation on the Statement of Public Participation and the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report for this next phase of marine plans.

The Statement of Public Participation includes details on how, when and to whom we will engage with through the marine planning process. The Sustainability Appraisal assesses the social, economic and environmental impacts of a marine plan. Both consultations will be published on 11 April on the marine planning pages of

To find out more details for the events and to register please click on your area below.

North East:

  • Whitby: 14 April, 11am to 2pm, Green Lane centre, YO22 4EH
  • Bamburgh: 15 April, 11am to 2pm, Bamburgh Pavillion, NE69 7DF
  • Newcastle upon Tyne: 19 April, 11am to 2pm, Discovery Museum, NE1 4JA

South East:

  • Whitstable: 11 April, 9am to 12pm, Whitstable Waterfront, CT5 2BP
  • London: 13 April, 9am to 12pm, Mary Sumner House, SW1P 3RB
  • Colchester: 15 April, 9am to 12pm, Lake View Room University of Essex, CO4 3SQ

South West:

  • Falmouth: 11 April, 12pm to 3pm, National Maritime Museum, TR11 3QY
  • Plymouth: 12 April, 1pm to 4pm , Council Chamber, Plymouth City Council House PL1 2AA (hosted by Tamar Estuary Consultative Forum)
  • Bideford: 13 April, 1pm to 4pm Caddsdown Business Support Centre, EX39 3DX
  • Weston-Super-Mare: 14 April, 9am to 12pm, Weston College, BS23 2AL

North West:

  • Liverpool: 18 April, 1pm to 4pm, University of Liverpool, L69 3GL
  • Carlisle: 19 April, 9am to 12pm, Carlisle Business Interaction Centre (CBIC), CA3 8TT
  • Blackpool: 20 April, 9am to 12pm, The Solaris Centre, FY4 1RW

Further information

  • There are 11 English marine plan areas, including inshore and offshore areas. Each area will be covered by a marine plan by 2021 with a 20 year view of activities
  • Marine planning addresses the key issues for the marine area, including the coast, estuaries and tidal waters, as well as developments that impact on these areas. The plans will include a vision, objectives and detailed policies on how these objectives will be achieved.
  • Marine plans are used by public authorities as part of the decision making process for all new activities and developments in or affecting the marine area.
  • Marine plans build on the requirements of the Marine and Coastal Access Act and the Marine Policy Statement.
  • More information on marine plans is available here
  • Read the latest marine planning newsletter here