The coastal concordat sets out the separate processes for consenting coastal developments in England. This revised version replaces the original published on 11 November 2013. It supports decision-making between Local Authorities and those regulators who work in the marine area.
The government’s 25 Year Environment Plan aims for all Local Authorities with a coastal interest to adopt the concordat by 2021. Working under the concordat is currently a voluntary arrangement.
The concordat approach can be applied to any applications for individual projects, if they:
span the intertidal area in estuaries and on the coast
require multiple consents including both a marine licence and a planning permission from the local planning authority
It will not apply to projects that:
are solely terrestrial
already have co-ordination mechanisms in place such as National Significant Infrastructure projects
How to sign up
An officer acting on behalf of the Local Authority wishing to sign up can write a letter to the Defra Marine Planning and Licensing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter should confirm that the Coastal Concordat has been adopted and that its principles will be applied.